Over 100 aftershocks have rocked northern Italy, heightening anguish after an earthquake that killed seven people and reduced historical sites to rubble.
Sunday’s magnitude 6 quake, centred north of Bologna, devastated the Emilia-Romagna region.
Thousands slept in tents and cars overnight, with fresh tremors adding to the danger. It is not only people’s homes and heritage that lie in ruins.
“Factories have been hit, really hard. Many collapsed… mine, too, completely collapsed,” said one woman who gave her name as Susanna.
“I couldn’t get out of bed because of the tremors,” said local resident Eugenia Popolino. “My husband, my son and I were lying on the bed. We said that if things go wrong, we’ll leave this world together.”
Up to 4,000 people have had to leave their homes.
An emergency meeting was being held today with the aim of ensuring that those affected by this disaster get all the help they need.