In pictures: Italy earthquake

bbc.co.uk
Sun, 20 May 2012 06:48 CDT

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A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has rocked a swathes of northern Italy, killing at least four people.

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Many historic buildings across Emilia Romagna were destroyed, with the government describing the damage to the region’s cultural heritage as “significant”.

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Some 50 people were reportedly injured in the tremor, which caused thousands of others to flee into the streets.

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Among the dead were two overnight workers at a ceramic factory that collapsed in Sant’Agostino, near Ferrara.

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Italian media reported two more quake-related deaths, and there are fears that a number of people may still be buried under rubble.

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Terrified residents tried to salvage whatever they could, as many decided to stay on the streets fearing new tremors.

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The quake struck in the middle of the night, about 35km (22 miles) north of the city of Bologna.

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There are fears that the death toll may rise further.

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Vulnerable residents in Finale Emilia and other towns have been evacuated to shelters.

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