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Italy Earthquake 2012: 5.1 Earth Tremor Hits Novi Di Modena

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NOVI DI MODENA, ITALY - MAY 30: The clock tower of Novi di Modena damaged by the earthquake on May 30, 2012 in Novi di Modena, Italy. (Photo by Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)
NOVI DI MODENA, ITALY - MAY 30: The clock tower of Novi di Modena damaged by the earthquake on May 30, 2012 in Novi di Modena, Italy. (Photo by Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)


MILAN, June 3 (Reuters) - A strong earth tremor of 5.1 magnitude hit northern Italy late on Sunday, in the same area struck by two deadly quakes in the last two weeks, Italy's Geophysics Institute said.

The latest shock was centred on the town of Novi di Modena, in Emilia-Romagna, the region where the two previous quakes killed more than 20 people and forced more than 14,000 to move out of their homes.

The shock was clearly felt as far away as Milan, some 200 kms (125 miles) to the north. Italian media said the belltower of Novi di Modena had been destroyed and several buildings in nearby towns that had been damaged in the previous quakes collapsed, but none were inhabited and no casualties had been reported.

(Reporting by Svetlana Kovalyova and Gavin Jones; editing by Tim Pearce)

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