5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes near Bologna, Italy

By REUTERS
May 20, 2012 05:28

 
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A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Bologna, Italy, on Sunday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake, which initially registered at magnitude 6.3, was centered 22 miles (35 km) north-northwest of Bologna in northern Italy at a relatively shallow depth of 6.3 miles (10 km), the USGS said.

The last major earthquake to hit Italy was a 6.3 magnitude quake in the central Italian city of L'Aquila in 2009, killing nearly 300 people.

In January, a 5.3-magnitude quake in northern Italy was felt in Genoa, Bologna, Turin and Italy's financial capital, Milan.

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