May 29, 2012
Another Earthquake Rocks Northern Italy Killing At Least Ten
Northern Italy on Tuesday was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, killing at least ten people, less than two weeks after a magnitude 6.0 temblor rocked the same region, destroying castles, churches and leaving seven dead, according to local Italian news agencies.
The US Geological Society said the quake struck at 9:00 a.m. local time and was centered about 25 miles northwest of the central city of Bologna. The quake was felt throughout northern and central Italy, including Milan and Florence.
“There are victims... The situation is very serious, some people are stuck under the rubble,” Alberto Silvestri, the mayor of the San Felice sul Panaro told reporters.
Three people reportedly died when a factory in San Felice del Panaro collapsed, and two others died in the town of Mirandola, Modena police captain Salvatore Iannizzotto told ANSA news agency. He added that a death occurred in Concordia and one in Finale as well.
According to other reports, another three people were killed when an industrial shed collapsed in Medolla.
Many buildings that were weakened and damaged by the earlier May 20 quake have collapsed due to the new quake. Emergency services were inundated with calls, overloading the network in some areas, causing blackouts to the system. Several buildings were evacuated and train services have been halted in some areas.
The quake struck 24 miles north of Bologna and 36 miles east of Parma at a depth of six miles, reported Reuters.
About 7,000 people who fled their homes during the May 20 earthquake were still living in tented camps put up in public areas, according to AFP. That temblor was the worst to hit the area since the 2009 L´Aquila quake that killed about 300 people. There have been numerous quakes and aftershocks since the May 20 event.
Emergency officials from the Civil Protection Agency are busy working to assess the damage and verify if any further people have been hurt or killed by the earthquake.