A powerful earthquake struck a densely populated industrial area northeast of Italy in the early hours of Sunday, killing at least six people. The quake toppled houses, factories, and reduced very old buildings to rubble.
Four of those killed were workers on the night shift in factories that were destroyed, including two who were crushed when the ceramic roof of a factory collapsed in the city of St. Augustine, product of the earthquake. The other two dead were women who also died from collapses.
Some 3,000 people were evacuated after the earthquake, most of the victims are in the province of Modena, part of the Emilia-Romagna region, and other 500 have been evacuated in the province of Ferrara, while aftershocks, some of strong intensity, are still being experienced. (ARL)