A 5.8 magnitude Italy earthquake struck killing at least 10 as it shook the northern part of the country. Just a bit over a week ago the region was hit with another quake, and the latest round of shaking further upset people.
Officials expect the death toll to rise as rescue operations begin. Several people are trapped beneath their fallen houses. Prime Minister Mario Monti said, "I want to assure everyone that the state will do all that it must do, all that is possible to do, as fast as it can to guarantee the return to normality in a region so special, so important, so productive for Italy."
The May 20 Italy earthquake left seven people dead and thousands without shelter. Those same people were living in tents when the 5.8 magnitude quake hit.
It is terrible that Modena and the surrounding areas are dealing with yet another earthquake so soon after the last devastating trembler. Hopefully the rescue operation is a success and people who are trapped are quickly found. With all the disruptions caused by the quakes, it will be tough to get everything done.
The damage is extensive, but once things calm down, the area will be able to rebuild. While it will be impossible to replace many of the old structures that were lost, the region can still thrive. It is hard to believe that these people have to endure yet another earthquake so soon after the last one, but that is often how these things happen.