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Reports say at least four people have been killed in an earthquake in northern Italy.

The 5.9 magnitude tremor struck near Bologna, a city with a population of about a million people, at around 4am Central European Time on Sunday.

Several towns have reported structural damage to a number of buildings and strong aftershocks have been felt across the region.

Officials say several people have been injured.

Rescue teams are checking reports that others have been buried under rubble.

Italy’s last major earthquake in 2009 killed nearly 300 people in the central city of L’Aquila.