Widespread Quake Destruction In Italy, Myanmar

Death toll continues to climb

The destruction in central Italy from Wednesday’s earthquake is so severe, so widespread mainly due to the shallow fault line and buildings, built of stone centuries ago – when little if anything was known of earthquakes. The death toll has reached 159 as searchers work with their hands and heavy equipment to move the rubble in hopes of finding survivors.

before and after shot from town of Amatrice (AP photo); click here for drone view of destruction

The quake that struck Myanmar Wednesday damaged dozens of temples, many built in the 10th to 14th centuries. Four people were killed.

Naypyitaw, Burma (AP photo)