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New quake rattles Italy after earlier tremor kills 7


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A rescuer walks near the town hall in Sant'Agostino village after a powerful earthquake shook Italy's industrial and densely populated Northeast early on Sunday, May 20. A rescuer walks near the town hall in Sant’Agostino village after a powerful earthquake shook Italy’s industrial and densely populated Northeast early on Sunday, May 20.

The clock tower in Finale Emilia, Italy, was badly damaged in Sunday's earthquake. The clock tower in Finale Emilia, Italy, was badly damaged in Sunday’s earthquake.

Cars are left buried under rubble from Sunday's earthquake in Finale Emilia. Cars are left buried under rubble from Sunday’s earthquake in Finale Emilia.

Firefighters recover a painting from a church that was destroyed by the quake in the village of San Carlo, Italy.Firefighters recover a painting from a church that was destroyed by the quake in the village of San Carlo, Italy.

A building in San Felice sul Panaro is damaged following Sunday's earthquake. A building in San Felice sul Panaro is damaged following Sunday’s earthquake.

A woman carries a blanket on a blocked street following the quake in San Felice sul Panaro, Italy. A woman carries a blanket on a blocked street following the quake in San Felice sul Panaro, Italy.

A building is left severely damaged in San Felice sul Panaro following the earthquake.A building is left severely damaged in San Felice sul Panaro following the earthquake.

The roof of a ceramics factory is left damaged by the powerful earthquake that shook Sant'Agostino village.The roof of a ceramics factory is left damaged by the powerful earthquake that shook Sant’Agostino village.

The central street of San Carlo village is damaged following the powerful earthquake.The central street of San Carlo village is damaged following the powerful earthquake.

Smoke rises from a building in San Felice sul Panaro.Smoke rises from a building in San Felice sul Panaro.

A rescuer pushes an elderly woman on a stretcher at the sports center of Finale Emilia.A rescuer pushes an elderly woman on a stretcher at the sports center of Finale Emilia.

Elderly people rest after being evacuated to a sports center in Finale Emilia after the quake. Elderly people rest after being evacuated to a sports center in Finale Emilia after the quake.


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Finale Emilia, Italy (CNN) — Northern Italy was shaken by an aftershock Monday morning, a day after a magnitude-6.0 quake killed at least seven people and left thousands of survivors huddling in tents or cars overnight.

Monday morning’s aftershock caused buildings to sway in the town of Finale Emilia, in Italy’s industrial heartland. The tremor had a magnitude of 3.2 and hit near the site of the original quake, according to the Italian Seismic Service.

The head of Italy’s Civil Protection Department, Franco Gabrielli, said 11,000 people had been displaced by the first quake around 4 a.m. (10 p.m. Saturday ET) on Sunday morning.

The government put 3,000 people up in tents or hotels, but could not shelter everyone who was displaced.

Although a moderate rain fell on the area Monday, the local weather forecast called for partly cloudy skies and dry conditions to prevail by Tuesday.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook northern Italy on Sunday, killing at least seven people and destroying centuries-old landmarks including the clock tower in Finale Emilia. A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook northern Italy on Sunday, killing at least seven people and destroying centuries-old landmarks including the clock tower in Finale Emilia.

The tower crumpled to ground after the quake, destroying the cars parked below it as it flooded the street with bricks.The tower crumpled to ground after the quake, destroying the cars parked below it as it flooded the street with bricks.

Rubble from the clock tower buries a car under its bricks.Rubble from the clock tower buries a car under its bricks.


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Earthquake in Italy: Before and afterEarthquake in Italy: Before and after


At least 7 dead after quake rocks Italy

In Finale Emilia, about 35 kilometers (21 miles) north of Bologna, 75 people were sleeping in cars in a public park. One of them was Filomenna Gatti, who planned to cram into a Fiat Punto with her husband and three children under 6.

“I close my eyes and I see stones falling and I feel the ground shaking when it’s still,” Gatti said as she walked her dog. “I don’t want to be in any building.”

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti was expected to return from the NATO summit in Chicago on Monday.

Monti said Sunday he was leaving the conference early, vowing, “All that is necessary will be done as soon as possible” to help the survivors.

The quake was centered about 4 kilometers outside Camposanto, northwest of Bologna, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. In addition to the seven reported fatalities, 50 people were injured in the quake, Gabrielli said.

iReport: Watch the earthquake aftermath unfold

The stricken region is part of Italy’s industrial heartland, and the dead included two people killed in a ceramics factory in Sant’Agostino di Ferrara, about 30 kilometers from the epicenter, civil protection agency spokeswoman Elisabetta Maffani said.

Workers were still digging through rubble in hopes of finding survivors in Sant’Agostino, where the quake knocked down a church bell and a magnitude-4.8 aftershock brought down part of its city hall Sunday evening.

“We have just lost our history. Four generations of my family lived here, and now it’s gone,” 72-year-old Luciano Frendo said as he walked through Finale Emila. “Our history has collapsed.”

The civil protection agency said it expects to get more reports of injuries as rescue workers make their way to remote villages in the mountainous area. Heavy rain was expected to continue into Tuesday after hampering rescue efforts and efforts to spot survivors from the air.

Other deaths included one person killed when a work shed collapsed in nearby Ponte Rodoni di Bondeno, Maffani said. In addition, a woman in Bologna died of a heart attack during an evacuation, a Moroccan national died when the factory he was working in collapsed and a sixth victim was found dead under rubble in Sant’Agostino, she said.

The body of a seventh victim was located under a collapsed house, according to Alessio Bellodi of the civil protection branch in Bologna.

The same area was struck by a 5.3-magnitude quake in January. And a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the central Italian city of L’Aquila, more than 400 km to the south, in 2009, killing more than 300 and causing widespread destruction.

CNN’s Joseph Netto and journalist Livia Borghese contributed to this report.






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