Casualty of Italy Quake: $320M of Cheese

Aftershocks continue to rattle region
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2012 9:16 AM CDT
Casualty of Italy Quake: $320M of Cheese
Cracks are seen in a street in San Carlo, Italy, Monday, May 21. 2012.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Northern Italy is still being hit by aftershocks this morning, one day after a 6.0 earthquake killed at least seven people and left 11,000 displaced, with thousands forced to spend the night in tents or cars. Two of the aftershocks have had a magnitude of 5.1, and a 4.8 aftershock last night brought down part of Sant'Agostino's city hall. Historic buildings, including a medieval castle, were also damaged in the quake, Sky News reports. Another casualty: nearly $320 million worth of cheese. More than 300,000 wheels of Parmesan and Grana Padano cheese were destroyed in the quake.

"We have just lost our history. Four generations of my family lived here, and now it's gone," says one Finale Emila local. "Our history has collapsed." Workers are still searching for survivors, CNN reports. (Read more aftershock stories.)

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