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Fatal 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes near Bologna, Italy

The old tower is seen collapsed after an earthquake in Finale Emilia, Italy, May 20. A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early Sunday, causing serious damage to the area's cultural heritage. The epicentre of the 6.0 magnitude quake, the strongest to hit Italy in three years, was in the plains near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of the Po River Valley.
The old tower is seen collapsed after an earthquake in Finale Emilia, Italy, May 20. A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early Sunday, causing serious damage to the area's cultural heritage. The epicentre of the 6.0 magnitude quake, the strongest to hit Italy in three years, was in the plains near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of the Po River Valley.Giorgio Benvenuti / Reuters

The quake left a large hole and gashes in the side of the Sant' Agostino town hall, which officials said was in danger of total collapse. Gas was also leaking in the town.

"I am 83 and I have never felt anything like this," said Lina Gardenghi, a resident of Bondeno, the town where one of the workers was killed.

Two other people, one of them a German woman, were reported to have died after suffering heart attacks because of the quake, and several dozen people suffered minor injuries.

-- Reported by NBC News, msnbc.com staff and news services

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