Northern Italy has been struck by a new earthquake, nine days after a fatal tremor hit the same region.
Latest reports speak of several casualties, with at least ten dead and a number of injured, according to Italian media sources.
The epicentre of the quake which measured an estimated 5.8 was in the Emilia Romagna region about 60 kilometres east of Parma. It was felt across a large area including in cities such as Milan.
Rail services have been suspended to allow damage to be inspected.
The earlier tremor in the region on May 20 killed seven people and left widespread damage.
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