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Italy: Earthquake toll rises to seven

Last Updated: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 09:14

Rome: The toll from a 5.9-magnitude quake in northern Italy rose to seven on Monday.

The seventh victim of Sunday`s 5.9-magnitude tremor was an 86-year-old woman who died from a stroke after the quake, Xinhua reported.

Four workers, including a young foreign migrant, died in the collapse of three factories near the city of Ferrara in the central Emilia Romagna region.

A 100-year-old woman was killed in her bed and another 37-year-old woman died of a heart attack during the quake.

At least 50 people were injured, and about 3,000 people were displaced from their homes.

According to Italy`s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the quake epicentre was located between the cities of Ferrara and Modena at a depth of 6.3 km.

The tremor was felt in Tuscany, Piedmont and Lombardy regions.

Prime Minister Mario Monti, who is in the US to attend a NATO summit, decided to return early and was expected to arrive in Italy on Monday morning.


First Published: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 09:09

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