• This photo taken on Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016 shows the Basilica di San Francesco in Amatrice, central Italy,  where a 6.1 earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Only hours after last week's quake devastated several medieval hill towns in central Italy, members of the national police squad of art experts were already climbing around mounds of rubble to photograph hundreds of centuries-old churches, with missing roofs, torn-away frescoes or gaping holes where stained glass once filtered sunlight. (Italian Carabinieri via AP)

    Lost heritage: Quake deals blow to Italy’s art treasures

    ROME (AP) — Within hours of last week’s devastating earthquake in central Italy, members of the national police squad of art experts were already exploring the mounds of rubble in several medieval hill towns.

  • Rescuers make their way through destroyed houses following Wednesday's earthquake in Pescara Del Tronto, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy, but the death toll rose to 247 and Italy once again anguished over trying to secure its medieval communities built on seismic lands. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Rescuers search for survivors in Italy quake that killed 247

    PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) — As the search for survivors ground on, Premier Matteo Renzi pledged new money and measures Thursday to rebuild quake-devastated central Italy amid mounting soul-searching over why the seismic-prone country has continually failed to ensure its buildings can withstand such catastrophes.

  • People wait for firefighters to accompany them to get their belongings from their homes, in San Pellegrino, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. A magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    The Latest: Italian officials say quake death toll hits 247

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

  • An injured man is carried on a stretcher by rescuers following an earthquake in Accumoli, central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. The temblor shook the Lazio region and Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic coast. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)

    Strong quake rattles central Italy: “The town isn’t here”

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors Thursday from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of vacationers in the area for summer’s final days.

  • Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles Rome, central Italy

    ROME (AP) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said: “The town isn’t here anymore.”