Search Ends for Survivors of Italy Earthquake

Posted May 30th, 2012 at 10:10 am (UTC-5)
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Rescue workers have ended their search for survivors of Tuesday's powerful earthquake in northern Italy that killed 17 people.

Emergency teams had been pulling bodies from the rubble of homes, factories and churches damaged by the 5.8-magnitude quake. Some 350 people were injured.

The epicenter of the quake was in the Emilia-Romagna region between the cities of Modena and Ferrara. It was felt across much of central and northern Italy, including the city of Milan. Several strong aftershocks hit the region.

The quake may have dealt another setback to one of the country's most productive regions. The area encompassing Modena and the northern cities of Mantua and Bologna is known for its expensive car production and its famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses.

A little more than a week ago, a 6.0-magnitude quake in the same region caused millions of dollars in losses to the area's agriculture sector. That quake killed seven people, destroyed factories and historic structures, and left many people homeless.