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article image5.8-magnitude quake hits Modena, Parma & Bologna, Italy

By Anne Sewell     May 29, 2012 in Environment
Northern Italy has once again experienced an earthquake this morning with a 5.8-magnitude quake striking near Parma, Modena and Bologna. At least 17 people have died.
Digital Journal reported on the earthquake and aftershocks experienced in Italy earlier this month, with six people reported dead and 50 injured. Scores of historic buildings were destroyed during both the earthquake and the aftershocks.
Now according to the U.S. Geological Survey, a further 5.8-magnitude quake has struck Northern Italy, causing more buildings to collapse in the same areas affected by the previous earthquake.
Reuters reports that the depth of the quake was 6 miles (9.6km) and occurred 36 miles (59km) east of Parma, 24 miles (40km) northwest of the city of Bologna with the epicenter less than 18.6 miles (30km) from Modena.
Tuesday's earthquake was felt right across Northern Italy and many buildings were evacuated in Milan and other areas. Some schools have been evacuated as far south as Florence.
Update: Media reports state that at least 17 people have died when buildings collapsed in the municipality of Modena. Some train services have been suspended and phone lines are down in areas of the north.
While Italy frequently experiences seismic movements, earthquakes and aftershocks of this magnitude were previously rare.
Video: a house collapses during the earthquake:
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