"Then they began speaking again and we drew comfort from that", said Luca Cari, a firefighter spokesman. Three children were trapped under a building that had collapsed in La Rita, a small village near Casamicciola. He is credited with helping save Mattias by pushing him under the bed, and drawing rescuers' attention by banging a broom handle on the rubble. His 11-year old brother Ciro was the last to emerge, rescued after 16 hours in the dark and loaded into a waiting ambulance. Firefighters worked through Tuesday to pull survivors from rubble, including a seven-month-old baby and his two siblings. Their pregnant mother had sounded the alarm. A hospital in the commune of Lacco Ameno had to be evacuated and a temporary unit set up outside.
At least two people were killed in the quake that struck just before 9 p.m. (1900 GMT; 3 p.m. EDT) Monday, while another 39 were injured and some 2,600 were left homeless.
The main natural disaster was followed by 14 smaller aftershocks, Borrelli said.
Buildings have collapsed around the island after the quake.
Police said all but one of the people known to be trapped were responding to rescuers and were expected to be extracted alive, including three children.
"Italy is united with Ischia in sorrow for, and solidarity with, the victims", Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Twitter.
Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides said Tuesday that "the European Union is fully ready to help" and that "we stand ready to provide any immediate assistance the national authorities could require".
Helicopters and a ferry boat brought in more rescue workers from the mainland.
At least one woman has died and 25 people have been injured in an natural disaster that hit Italian island of Ischia.
The U.S. Geological survey says the natural disaster had a magnitude of 4.3.
Francesco Peduto, president of the Italian National Council of Geologists, said it was "absurd" that people could die in "such a low magnitude earthquake".