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15 dead as earthquake strikes northern Italy

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15 dead as earthquake strikes northern Italy


At least 15 people have been killed dead after an earthquake struck northern Italy on Tuesday.

Authorities said seven people are still missing. As many as two hundred have been injured.

The 5.8 tremor happened in the Emilia-Romagna region. The area was hit by a more powerful quake nine days ago that claimed seven lives.

Tuesday’s earthquake shook the makeshift tents that are housing those unable to return home after the previous tremor.

The latest quake struck 60 km east of Parma and could be felt as far away as Venice and the Austrian border.

Buildings damaged nine days ago have now collapsed in the towns of Mirandola, Finale Emilia, San Felice and Cavezzo.

The sheer volume of calls to the emergency services overloaded the telephone network in some areas, leaving the system jammed.

A number of schools and public buildings were evacuated close to the quake zone, whilst some train services have been halted across northern Italy.

Videos taken in Cavezzo

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