6.0 Magnitude Earthquake in Northern Italy causes Death and Damage

Italy Earthquake map - credit: USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook in Northern Italy near the city of Bologna today causing death and widespread damage of buildings. The event occurred Sunday May 20, 2012 at 4:03 am local time reported the US Geological Survey.

The location of the epicenter of the earthquake was estimated at 44.800°N, 11.192°E with a depth of 3.2 miles. Damage reports close to the epicenter was reported by USGS with it being moderate to heavy damage and the shaking was considered very strong to severe. The earthquake was felt throughout most of Northern Italy.

Aftershocks have been ongoing throughout the day. There has been two 5.1 magnitude tremors and several more tremors above the 4.0 magnitude rating.

At least seven have people died from the earthquake, three of them suffered heart attacks from the stress of the event, while four others were caught up in the rubble of the earthquake. An estimated 50 other people suffered none serious injuries.

Buildings collapsed and continued to collapse with the subsequent aftershocks including an old bell tower. Around 3,000 residents were evacuated from their homes in anticipation of these aftershocks.

By: Dave Reddy

ref: USGS, BBC

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