FIFTEEN people were reported dead and others were missing in rubble following a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Italy last night, just 10 days after a similar quake killed seven and left thousands homeless.
The quake struck at 9.03am local time about 40 kilometres north-west of Bologna at a depth of 9.6 kilometres. The epicentre was the town of Medolla near the city of Modena but the quake was felt as far away as Venice, Florence and Genoa, and as far north as Austria.
People fled into the streets and shops and businesses were evacuated in Bologna, Corriere della Sera reported, and in Pisa. The tremor hit after most people had left home for work.