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Another night in tents for Italy earthquake victims

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Another night in tents for Italy earthquake victims
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A woman was rescued from under the rubble of her home in Cavezzo after Tuesdays earthquake in northern Italy.

The 65-year-old had returned to the building, already damaged after an earlier earthquake hit the Emilia-Romagna nine days earlier. She became trapped after the second tremor in two weeks, but protected by cupboards that had fallen on top of her.

She is one of the lucky survivors.

Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude quake killed 17 people and injured at least 350.

Sme of those who died were workers who were told it was safe to return to their jobs in plants and warehouses. Another was a man inspecting damage to a building from the earlier tremor.

Monica Bonafin was a colleague of four factory workers who died in the town of Medolla. She said none of the employees had wanted to go back into the building because of aftershocks.

Some areas of northern Italy have been turned into ghost towns. Fourteen thousand people have been forced to leave their homes.

More than three million live in areas prone to earthquakes in Italy and around 2,000 tremors occur every year.

With more than 30 aftershocks last night, many are preparing for another night at the tent camp in Mirandola, too scared to go home.

Twenty-one thousand people are yet to return to their houses after an earthquake hit central Italy’s L’Aquila in 2009.