Fresh quake hits northern Italy

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Fresh quake hits northern Italy

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A third strong earthquake measuring 5.1 hit northern Italy late on Sunday night bringing down the symbolic bell tower of Novi di Modena.

The same region has been rocked by two deadly quakes over the last few weeks. This time no casualties were reported.

Sunday’s tremor centred as before on the Emilia- Romagna region and was felt as far as Milan, some 200 kilometres away.

One witness said, “the ground moved like a wave, in the car park the cars jumped up around 20 cm, it was not for very long, but was strong enough.”

Another said he was in the garden when the tremor struck, “I immediately looked towards the house. We are alive,that’s the important thing, however, we’re getting tired, physically and psychologically.”

Earlier two representatives of the European Commission visited the areas affected. They wanted to see the devastation for themselves in order to assess how the EU can help.

Twenty-four people have died and more than 16,000 have been forced out of their homes by the series of tremors and after shocks which began on May 20.