A strong earthquake rocks Italy, flattening towns and killing scores of people. An even bigger quake hits Burma (Myanmar), killing a few people and shattering ancient Buddhist pagodas.
When an earthquake happens, how do rescuers go about finding people trapped under the rubble? Here's what happens in six steps.
Experts identify quake-damaged zones and assess risk of collapsed buildings
Teams use thermal image and listening devices, cutting and heavy lifting gear for search and rescue
3 Trained dogs
Specially trained dogs help find survivors detect gas leaks
4 Search, contact
Rescuers use endoscopic cameras to contact trapped survivors
5 Getting them out
Engineers, building experts, decide how best to reach victims. Paramedics give first-aid on site
6 Quake survivors
Ambulances rush survivors to hospitals for further treatment
- AFP, AP