Turkish Red Crescent ready to help as aftershock hits Italy

A Turkish Red Crescent statement said that search and rescue operations were under way to pull people alive under the rubble after the earthquake.

Turkish Red Crescent ready to help as aftershock hits Italy

 World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Red Crescent said on Sunday it was ready to extend assistance to Italian Red Cross in the wake of magnitude-5.9 earthquake that jolted north of the country.      

A Turkish Red Crescent statement said that search and rescue operations were under way to pull people alive under the rubble after the earthquake.      

"Turkish Red Crescent is ready to extend every type of assistance to Italian Red Cross. Italian Red Cross executives expressed gratitude for Turkey's proposal but said they do not demand international aid right now," the statement said.      

One of the strongest earthquakes to shake northern Italy rattled the region around Bologna early Sunday, killing at least four people. The earthquake struck between Modena and Mantova cities.

Meanwhile, a strong aftershock measuring magnitude 5.1 hit northern Italy on Sunday, causing more damage and more buildings to collapse, officials and witnesses said.

The aftershock destroyed a clock tower in Finale Emilia, near the epicentre of the first quake, and made a firefighter fall off a building, according to television reports.

The aftershock was felt over a vast area of the north.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mayıs 2012, 17:24

Muhammed Öylek

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