MILAN – An earthquake measuring 5.8 rocked Tuesday morning north of Italy, two weeks after a magnitude 6 quake that left seven dead May 20 in the same region.According to the commander of the Carabinieri in the province of Emilia-Romagna quoted by Italian news agency ANSA, the interim assessment of the earthquake Tuesday morning is 10 dead.
Many people are also missing, presumably buried under the rubble of homes, said the commander, Salvatore Iannizzotto. The quake, which occurred at 9am (7am GMT) was located 40km north of Bologna (north), according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The earthquake on May 20 killed seven people, injured dozens and very substantial material damage: roofs and crumbling buildings, including churches and heritage buildings, cracked walls, vehicles crushed by rubble, destroyed agricultural warehouses.According to the organization Coldiretti agribusiness, industry losses some 200 million euros, a first estimate encompassing the death of livestock and the destruction of warehouses containing approximately 400,000 wheels of Parmesan.
Italian President of the Council met Tuesday morning Mario Monti in Rome officials of the province of Emilia-Romagna to assess the consequences of the earthquake when the new earthquake occurred.
The government “will do everything possible to ensure a faster return to normal this so special, so important and productive region for Italy,” said Mr. Monti during an impromptu press conference two hours after the earthquake.
The country is exposed seismic risk, due to its position on an area of convergence between the Africa-Europe plate tectonics. In April 2009, an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 devastated L’Aquila, Abruzzo city in central Italy, causing 308 deaths.