Italian earthquake: 4 dead, 50 hurt

Posted on May 20, 2012

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Thousands of residents rushed into the streets when a powerful earthquake shook northern Italy early on Sunday, killing at least four people and injuring 50. There are fears more victims are trapped in rubble.

The 5.9-magnitude quake was felt throughout the north-east, from the Emilia-Romagna region to Venice

The epicentre was 36 kilometres north of Bologna.

Earlier a 4.1-magnitude quake shook the Lombardy region around Milan, Italy’s financial and business capital, and was felt in the historic cities of Modena, Mantua, Ferrara and Rovigo.

Rescue services said the three fatalities were workers on night shifts.

Radio Australia

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