Italy hit by 5.8-magnitude earthquake

Posted on May 29, 2012


A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook a large swath of northern Italy at 9am local time on Tuesday, reportedly killing at least three people and bringing down buildings already damaged by a quake that hit the area less than two weeks ago.

The earthquake was centred 40km north-west of Bologna, close to where the earlier 6-magnitude quake killed seven. More than 200 aftershocks have continued to rattle thousands of people sleeping in tents and temporary accommodation.

According to early reports, one of the victims was killed when an industrial building collapsed

The mayor of San Felice sul Panaro, a town that suffered large scale damage in the last quake on 22 May, told Sky TV he feared further victims would be found under rubble.


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