Earthquake in Northern Italy

Last Sunday, May 20, a strong earthquake struck northern Italy that killed at least seven people and damaging or destroying many structures (including old and new), and leaving thousands homeless. The magnitude of earthquake was 6.0 and occurred just after 4 a.m. local time, at a depth of only 5 km (3 mi). Due to this  earthquake many home to countless historic churches, castles, and towers are effected -- many of which were damaged or toppled. People are taking shelter in tents and rescue workers are searching for survivors and recovery crews try to salvage historic artifacts from the rubble.

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Modenesi's Towers of Finale Emilia remaind half after the earthquake. (Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Dust rises from a building due to earthquake on May 20, 2012 in Modena province. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Rescue worker walks in front of the facade of the town hall after a powerful earthquake that shook Italy's industrial and densely populated northeast early on May 20, 2012 in Sant'Agostino village in Modena province. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/GettyImages)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

A woman cries due to earthquake, in Sant'Agostino, on May 20. 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Destroyed cars in the rubble after an earthquake in Finale Emilia, on May 20, 2012. (Reuters/Giorgio Benvenuti)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Destroyed San Carlo old church, in San Carlo, northern Italy, on May 21. 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Oriano Caretti looks at the overturned shelves in San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy, on May 21. 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Firefighter checks a cross that fell from a church roof in Crevalcore near Bologna, on May 20, 2012. (Reuters/Giorgio Benvenuti)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

A quake-damaged building in Finale Emilia, on May 21, 2012. (Reuters/ Giorgio Benvenuti)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Policemen walk by the body of one of the victims who died during an earthquake at a ceramics factory in Sant-Agostino, on May 20, 2012. (Pierre Teyssot/AFP/GettyImages)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

A silo lies on ground  (Pierre Teyssot/AFP/Getty Images)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

Car crushed under fallen masonry on May 20, 2012 in Ferrara, Italy. (Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

People take shelter in a car. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

A statue of Jesus Christ  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

The destroyed church in San Carlo on May 21, 2012 following an earthquake the day before. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

The interior of the town hall,  on May 20. 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

A woman kisses her child in an emergency tent. (Reuters/Giorgio Benvenuti)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

A boy looks at the damaged old tower of Delle Rocche castle after an earthquake in Finale Emilia May 20, 2012.  (Reuters/Giorgio Benvenuti)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

 

Earthquake in Northern Italy

 

Earthquake in Northern Italy

 

Earthquake in Northern Italy

 

Earthquake in Northern Italy

A woman stands outside a tent at the tent camp in Finale Emilia village on May 21, 2012, following an earthquake the day before. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

 

Earthquake in Northern Italy

A girl receives a cup of hot tea in an emergency tent in Finale Emilia, on May 21, 2012. (Reuters/Giorgio Benvenuti)

Earthquake in Northern Italy Earthquake in Northern Italy Earthquake in Northern Italy Earthquake in Northern Italy Earthquake in Northern Italy