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Earthquake strikes northern Italy

Italy/Parma map

Northern Italy has been rocked by a magnitude 5.2 earthquake, Italian officials have said.

The quake struck near the city of Parma, north of Bologna, but was felt in cities from Milan to Florence.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries, but Italy's civil protection agency says it is continuing to make further checks.

The National Geophysical and Vulcanology Institute said the quake occurred at 1625 local time (1525 GMT).

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