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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck in northern Italy

MIRANDOLA, Italy – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck northern Italy on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people as factories, warehouses and a church collapsed in the same region still struggling to recover from another deadly tremor nine days ago.
In a hastily called news conference, Premier Mario Monti pledged the government will do that's all that it must and all that is possible in the briefest period to guarantee the resumption of normal life in this area that is so special, so important and so productive for Italy.

The region around Bologna is among the countries most productive. Italy is in the midst of another recession and struggling to tame its massive debt as the European debt crisis worsens. Italy was struck by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in the northern region of Emilia Romagna, the second this month that killed at least 10 people.

The temblor, which came after one of a similar magnitude killed seven people on May 20, hit the province of Modena at 9 a.m., the Civil Protection Agency said on its website. An aftershock of 5.6 magnitudes hit the area at 12:55 p.m., the United States Geological Survey said.

The quake was felt throughout northern Italy, including the financial capital Milan, where some buildings and schools were evacuated, and as far south as Tuscany and Umbria. The Italian government "will do everything necessary to respond" to the emergency," Prime Minister Mario Monti said in Rome "Emilia Romagna won't be left alone," said Vasco Errani, head of the regional government, who was meeting with Monti in Rome when today's earthquake struck.

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