Earthquake of magnitude 5.8 shook Italy

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook northern Italy on Tuesday, killing at least three people according to Italian news reports.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake, which struck at 9:00 am local time (0700 GMT), was centered 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Bologna.

It hit the same region where a stronger temblor measuring 6.0 earlier this month killed seven people, most when factories working overnight collapsed.

The news agency ANSA reported three dead, two in San Felice sul Panaro and one in Mirandola. Media earlier reported that a tower in San Felice had collapsed.

Television footage on Sky News 24 showed evacuees from the previous quake peering out of shaking tents in disbelief.
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