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A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy on Tuesday, just over a week after the same region was shaken by a 6.0-magnitude quake. The death toll is currently at 10 people.
Alberto Silverstri, mayor of San Felice sul Panaro, told Italy's SkyTG24 that the situation is "very serious," as some people remain trapped under rubble.
The quake struck near Modena at around 9 a.m. local time and several aftershocks with magnitudes 5 and above followed. Many buildings, including factories and churches, have been destroyed.
Prime Minister Mario Monti, who was in Rome when the latest quake hit, said in a statement that the state will do "everything it can as quickly as it can to guarantee the return to normal life."
Residents were still trying to recover from the larger May 20 tremor which had forced more than 7,000 people to leave their homes and sleep in tent camps. Seven people were killed.
"It's been shaking nonstop for the past week," journalist Andrea Vogt described to CNN.
According to a spokeswoman for the prefecture in Ferrara province, residents are terrified and the number of displaced people is increasing, as reported by CNN.
The region is requesting urgent help and supplies.