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At least 16 people are dead, Italy's civil protection agency says
Some 14,000 people have been displaced by the quakes, the agency says
Dozens of aftershocks are reported, several of more than 5.0 magnitude
The quake struck the same region where seven people were killed nine days ago
At least 16 people died, one was missing and 350 were injured after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook northern Italy Tuesday, Italian authorities said.
The earthquake, which forced thousands of people from their homes, came nine days after a 6.0-magnitude quake struck the same region, killing seven people.
Italian civil protection authorities said two of Tuesday’s deaths were not directly caused by the quake.
Tuesday’s quake was followed by dozens of aftershocks. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded one aftershock of 5.6 magnitude.
The quakes have displaced some 14,000 people, the civil protection agency said.
Tuesday’s earthquake was centered in the province of Modena, near Bologna. The towns of Mirandola and Cavezzo were closest to the epicenter, civil protection authorities said.
Witnesses reported on Twitter that Cavezzo was about 70% destroyed. Pictures purportedly from the town, as well as a video stream from Italian newspaper Corriere de la Serra, show damaged and destroyed buildings.
“People are very scared. It’s been shaking nonstop for the past week,” said journalist Andrea Vogt, who was near the epicenter.