WitR EDITOR: One online report quotes officials saying the strong earthquake destroyed “many warehouses as well as thousands of tonnes” of Parmesan and Grana Padano, said Stefano Berni, head of a consortium that protects the Grana Padano designation. An initial estimate of 250 million euros ($324 million) is “very conservative,” Mr Berni said, adding that he hoped no further tremors would “further aggravate the state of the already highly damaged and fragile structures.”
A magnitude-6.0 earthquake shook several small towns in northeast Italy Sunday, killing four people, knocking down a clock tower and other centuries-old buildings and causing millions in losses to the region known for making Parmesan cheese.
The quake struck at 4:04 a.m., with its epicenter about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Bologna at a relatively shallow depth of 5 kilometers (3.2 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. Civil protection agency official Adriano Gumina described it as the worst quake to hit the region since the 1300s.
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