Naples building crumbles - eight missing

BY: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
The collapse happened in a district near Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius
The collapse happened in a district near Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius

Rescuers in southern Italy are trying to find eight people missing after an apartment block collapsed in Naples.

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Italian media say two families were living in the four-storey building that collapsed in Torre Annunziata district. Two children are among those missing.

The cause remains unclear. Neighbours did not report hearing any explosion - just the crash of masonry at dawn.


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Some masonry fell on the nearby Naples-Salerno railway line, so traffic on it has been suspended.

It is a seismically active area but there is no suggestion that an earth tremor jolted the building.

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There are suspicions that the collapse could be linked to vibrations from the railway, or to renovation work that was under way on the lower floors.