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Aftershocks shake northern Italy

2012-05-21 09:03

Rome - Aftershocks hit the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna early on Monday with the two largest measuring magnitude 3.7 and 3.6, the Ansa news agency reported.

More than 100 aftershocks had been registered since Sunday's magnitude-5.9 quake, which killed seven people, the daily Corriere della Sera reported.

About 3 000 people spent the night in tents, sports halls or with friends and relatives.

Some people slept in their cars out of fear of more shocks, the broadcaster Rai reported.

A prison in Ferrara was evacuated as a precaution, Rai reported.

The epicentre of Sunday's quake was 36km north of Bologna. It had a depth of about 10km, according to the National Geophysical and Volcanic Institute.

Many schools in the affected area are to be closed on Monday and Tuesday.