by Diambra Mariani and Andrea Boscardin

Emilia, Italy

May 31th – June 3rd 2012

On 20th May 2012 at 4:04 AM a magnitude 6 earthquake hit the Emilia Romagna , North Italy, leaving at least 7 people dead, and thousands homeless and historical buildings in ruins.

The epicenter was between the towns of Finale Emilia, San Felice sul Panaro and Sermide some 34 miles north of Bologna.

It was the worst earthquake to strike the region in more than 700 years, according to the Italian Civil Protection Agency.

On 29 May, sixty aftershocks were registered overnight in northeast Italy where at least 16 people were killed and 350 injured.

The quake on the 29 May displaced 8,000 people, in addition to the 6,000 from the 20 May quake.

Among the victims from Tuesday’s temblor were three factory workers who perished when a warehouse collapsed in the town of San Felice sul Panaro and two died in Mirandola, while two people were killed when their homes collapsed in Concordia and in Finale Emilia.

On 30 May the death toll of Tuesday’s earthquake in Emilia-Romagna climbed to 17 when firefighters found the body of a worker who had been reported missing. The region is gripped with fear as over 40 aftershocks were registered overnight.

Pictures are available also in the archive-section