An earthquake struck northern Italy last night, killing at least seven people and causing serious damage to buildings in many towns.
The magnitude-6.0 quake struck in the middle of the night, approximately 22 miles north of the city of Bologna.
The temblor caused “significant damage to the cultural heritage” of Emilia Romagna region, according to the local government.
This afternoon, a major 5.1-magnitude aftershock hit the region, leading to more building collapses.
The aftershock destroyed a clock tower and caused a firefighter to fall from a wall in the town of Finale Emilia.
The Sunday quake was the worst to hit Italy since the L’Aquila tremor killed almost 300 people in 2009.
The earthquake struck at about 04:00 local time (02:00 GMT) and was felt across a large portion of northern Italy, including the cities of Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, and Mantua and even as far away as Milan and Venice.
The tremor forced many terrified residents into the streets.
Check out raw video of the aftermath below.
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