An earthquake in northern Italy has killed at least four people and caused thousands of others to flee into the streets, officials say. The 6.0-magnitude quake struck in the middle of the night, about 35km (22 miles) north of the city of Bologna. The officials say the three of the victims died when the buildings they were working in collapsed. Italian TV showed damaged factories and church steeples in the region. Aftershocks have been reported. Rescue teams are now combing the area amid reports that a number of people may be buried under rubble. A rescue worker stands in front of a damage ceramics factory building Sant'Agostino di Ferrara Two people were killed when a ceramics factory collapsed in Sant'Agostino The earthquake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10km just after 04:00 local time (02:00 GMT). It was felt across a huge swathe of northern Italy, including the cities of Bologna, Ferrara, Verona and Mantua. The tremor forced many terrified residents into the streets. Two people were killed in Sant'Agostino when a ceramics factory collapsed. Another person was killed in Ponte Rodoni do Bondeno, emergency workers were quoted as saying by Italy's Ansa news agency. About 50 people were injured - but none seriously, reports say. "I heard a big bang and I ran on the terrace, I was afraid of falling," a local resident told Ansa. TV footage later showed people inspecting damaged houses, offices and historic buildings. Parts of a fortress in one town reportedly <b>...</b>
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