New Powerful Earthquake Rocks Northern Italy

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Another deadly earthquake has struck the same northern Italian region devastated by an earthquake just over a week ago.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 5.8 magnitude quake struck early Tuesday about 40 kilometers north-northwest of Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region. Local news reports say at least nine people have been killed, while several others are believed to be trapped in the rubble of collapsed homes and buildings.

Tuesday's quake was said to be felt across much of central and northern Italy.

The region was struck by a 6.0 magnitude quake on May 20 that killed seven people, destroyed factories and historic structures, and left scores of residents homeless. The quake also caused millions of dollars in losses to the region's agriculture sector, which is famous for its Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses.