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5.8 Magnitude Earthquake jolted North-Eastern Italy, 16 People killed

International Current Affairs 2012. A powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake jolted northeastern Italy, killing at least 16 people and injuring 350 on 30 May 2012

May 30, 2012 11:05 IST

A powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake jolted northeastern Italy, killing at least 16 people and injuring 350 on 30 May 2012. The deadly quake rocked the country just days after another quake in the same region wreaked death and destruction.   

The quake hit the region between 1626 IST and 1631 IST by three tremors of between 5.1 and over 5.3 magnitude, following a 5.8 magnitude quake just after 1230 IST when people were heading into work. The first quake struck about 60 kilometres, east of Parma, according to the Geographical Institute of Modena, and sent panicked residents rushing into the streets in quake-struck cities including Pisa and Venice.

A 6.0 magnitude quake had hit the Italy’s northeastern region on 20 May 2012, which had killed six people and forced thousands to take shelter in temporary tent dwellings, as many homes and historic buildings turned into wreckage.