Italy sees 16 killed and 350 injured in 5.8 tremor

May 30, 2012 12:00 AM

Italy’s second fatal earthquake in just over a week has killed at least 16 people and injured 350 others in the northern region of Emilia Romagna.
At least 14,000 people have also been displaced since a strong earthquake measuring 5.8 struck northern Italy, local security officials reported.

The rescuing teams combed through the debris near Modena, one of the worst-hit areas, and pulled a 65-year-old woman alive 12 hours after the quake.
Government undersecretary Antonio Catricala said that Prime Minister Mario Monti decided to declare June 4 a national day of mourning for the victims of Emilia Romagna tremors. Catricala also said that the emergency cabinet meeting will be held to plan a series of relief measures for the affected people.

The quake comes only nine days after another deadly tremor in the same area that left 10 people dead and at least 7,000 homeless. The May 20 quake was described by experts as the worst to hit the region since the 1300s, causing over EUR 200 mm worth of damage.
A number of historic castles, centuries-old churches and towers were also destroyed or damaged by the quakes and their aftershocks during the past weeks.

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