ROME - An earthquake struck the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring dozens, leaving thousands homeless and damaging historic buildings as well as warehouses and factories, officials said.
The earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said had a magnitude of 6.0, crumbled church roofs and Renaissance-era towers, according to Italian television reports. Large cracks riddled apartment blocks in dozens of small towns. And Italy's national Civil Protection Department said that at least 3,000 had been left homeless.
Three men working the night shift in two different factories on the outskirts of the small town of Sant'Agostino died when the buildings in which they were working collapsed. Another was killed outside of Bondeno. Italy's National Civil Protection Agency said in a note that a woman had died of causes resulting from the shock of the quake.