At least 15 dead as 5.8 quake hits northern Italy


At least 15 dead as 5.8 quake hits northern Italy
ROME, ITALY (BDCi) – At least 15 people were killed and some 200 injured in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Italy on Tuesday, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The earthquake came nine days after a 6.0-magnitude quake in the same region killed seven people.

Italian civil authorities confirmed at least 10 people had died and predicted the number would rise as rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble. Several people are missing, ANSA reported.

Tuesday’s quake was followed by dozens of aftershocks. Italy’s Institute of Geology said the aftershocks measured 5.3 and 5.1 magnitude.

Tuesday’s earthquake was centered in the province of Modena, near Bologna. The owns of Mirandola and Cavezzo were closest to the epicenter, civil protection authorities said.

A spokeswoman for the government office in Modena said as many as 12,000 people could be displaced, including those affected by the previous earthquakes.

By: Natania Levine
29 May 2012
9:14 a.m. P.D.T


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