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05/05/13 01:55 CET
A huge tornado has struck the Emilio-Romagna region of northern Italy this weekend.
Amateur footage from small towns near the regional capital of Bologna showed the storm tearing through the countryside.
Farmers who were out in their fields were blasted by the winds as well as pummelled by a barrage of hale stones.
Italian media reported 11 people wounded and damage to several properties.
The governor of Emilio-Romagna has asked the central government to declare a state of emergency.
For local residents when it pours it rains as around the same time a 3.8 magnitude earthquake was detected in nearby Ferrara
This is also the region that was struck by a devastating earthquake and subsequent aftershocks last summer, killing 27 and destroying hundreds of buildings.
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