Holiday cut short. See how an avalanche took down this Italy hotel
Rescue teams work through the night in the search for at least 25 people believed to be missing.
Italian mountain hotel was engulfed by a powerful avalanche near Farindola.
Italy's Civil Protection agency confirmed the Hotel Rigopiano had been engulfed by a two-metre high wall of snow and that emergency services were struggling to get ambulances and diggers to the site.
Two bodies were recovered from the ruins of the Rigopiano hotel.
Reports suggest there had been around 30 guests and staff at the small ski hotel on the eastern lower slopes of the Gran Sasso mountain when the first of four powerful tremors rattled the region yesterday morning.
Italian firefighters search for survivors after an avalanche buried a hotel near Farindola, central Italy on January 19, 2017. Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no signs of life as they searched for around 30 people believed trapped inside. AP/PTI PHOTO