May 20th, 2012
01:01 AM ET

Quake kills 3, knocks down church bell in northern Italy

A strong earthquake struck early Sunday in northern Italy, killing at least three people and knocking down a church bell in the region, authorities said.

Two people were killed in a ceramic factory in Sant'Agostino di Ferrara, and one person died when a workshed collapsed in Ponte Rodoni di Bondeno, according to Elisabetta Maffani, spokeswoman for Italy's civil protection agency.

The 6.0-magnitude quake occurred just after 4 a.m. (10 p.m. ET Saturday), 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) outside Camposanto, northwest of Bologna, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Italian civil protection agency said it anticipates more injuries as rescue workers make their way to remote villages in the mountainous area.

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  1. Portland tony

    Yea, we can replace the people, but good church bells are hard to find!

    May 20, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. ruffnutt ( kcmo resident )

    @cnn... a earthquake never killed any one... nor can they..
    if you were in the middle of a grassy field and there was a 10.0 earth quake..
    you would just get shaken up..
    buildings collasping and falling church bells , and falling debree is what kills the people..

    May 20, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    Not a word was spoken the church bells all were broken...............

    May 20, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    The death toll has sadly risen. My sympathies and prayers are for the affected families.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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