CAVEZZO: An earthquake killed 16 people and injured about 350 in northern Italy yesterday, spreading fear among thousands of residents living in tents after a similarly strong tremor in the same region flattened their homes nine days ago.
Rescuers were searching through the rubble of houses and warehouses in the Emilia-Romagna region, where several building sites had just reopened after the previous quake on May 20.
Officials said the quake had its epicentre near the city of Modena. The number of those forced to leave their homes doubled to 14,000.
Many residents ran out of buildings when they felt the 5.8-magnitude tremor, which hit shortly after 0700 GMT just as operations to rebuild the quake-struck region were under way.
"As we were coming down the stairs, we heard the sound of crumbling houses around us.
"There was a big cloud of dust," said 72-year-old Giulio in Cavezzo, a badly damaged village about 30km from Modena where three died.