UPDATE: 8-year-old pulled out alive from quake rubble

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ROME (AP) -- An 8-year-old girl has been pulled alive from the rubble in Pescara del Tronto, one of the three towns most severely demolished by the earthquake in central Italy.

After nightfall Wednesday, two women ran up the street yelling "She's alive!"

Chief firefighter Danilo Dionesei confirmed the girl was pulled out alive and was taken to a nearby hospital.

He didn't immediately give any further details about her condition.
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Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says the death toll from the quake that hit central Italy has risen to 120.

Renzi spoke Wednesday evening in the provincial capital of Rieti after visiting rescue crews and survivors in the hard-hit town of Amatrice and flying over other demolished towns in nearby Le Marche region.

Renzi said 34 people died in Le Marche, the rest from the other towns. He also says the identification of quake bodies was a difficult process.

Sniffer dogs, earthmovers and other heavy equipment are arriving to the quake zone area to help with the rescue effort and provide for those left homeless by the earthquake.

Tent cities and kitchens were being set up in and around the major towns hit by Wednesday's magnitude 6 temblor.

More than 12 hours after the quake struck a slow procession of earth-moving vehicles loaded on the beds of firetrucks made their way to the edge of the hard-hit hilltop city Amatrice.

Agostino Severo, a Rome resident visiting Illica, said: "We came out to the piazza, and it looked like 'Dante's Inferno.' People crying for help, help. Rescue workers arrived after one hour... one and a half hours."

Rescue teams poured in from nearby regions: spelologists from Umbria, Alpine rescue experts from Abruzzo and canine units from elsewhere in Italy.

Even the Vatican has sent a rescue crew to the quake zone to help with recovery efforts.

The Vatican press office said a six-man team from the Vatican City State's fire squad went to Amatrice early Thursday. A statement said the decision was taken as a "sign of the pope's concrete proximity to the people affected by the quake."

Pope Francis scrapped his usual Wednesday catechism lesson for pilgrims in St. Peter's Square to lead the faithful instead in reciting the rosary prayer for the victims.