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Map of Italy’s Earthquake Zones

I just saw word on Twitter that northern Italy has suffered yet another earthquake,. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Modena area in Emilia-Romagna around 9:20 p.m. Italian time. This is the latest in a series of earthquakes to hit the region over the past few weeks, leaving more than 20 dead and thousands displaced all over northern Italy and particularly in the Po River Valley.

So what is going on here?

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Centuries of History and 300,000 Wheels of Cheese Destroyed in Deadly Italy Earthquake

The latest reports about the earthquake that hit Emilia-Romagna this weekend state that at least seven people were killed, 50 injured, and more than 13,000 have been displaced. The 6.0 earthquake struck early Sunday morning north of the city of Bologna in the town of Finale Emilia. According to The Guardian, the quake “wrought havoc in small towns and villages dotting the countryside between Bologna, Ferrara and Modena.”

The Guardian filmed a video that looks at the destruction, including the loss of “centuries of history.” Destroyed or severely damaged in the earthquake include the Palazzo dei Veneziani and Castello della Rocche in Finale Emilia; towers of a 14th century castle in San Felice sul Panaro; and the church of San Martino in Buoncompra. Other news outlets are reporting that more than 300,000 wheels of cheese worth €250 million have been destroyed.

The last major earthquake to hit Italy was the one that struck the Abruzzo city of L’Aquila in 2009.

Woody Allen’s Movie About Rome To Be Released April 20

Love Locks on Rome's Ponte Milvio

Love Locks on Rome's Ponte Milvio

Today, Italian distributors of Woody Allen’s long-awaited film about Rome announced that it will be called “To Rome With Love.” Until now, the film has operated under the working titles of “Bop Decameron” and “Nero Fiddled.” I personally think that Allen and/or his producers went with the right choice, picking something more basic. The film is supposed to be a modern-day take on Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” according to the ANSA news service. (As of this writing, IMDB still reports that the title is “Nero Fiddled.”)

“To Rome With Love” is to be released on April 20 and will include star turns from an amazing cast that includes Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, and Italian actress Ornella Muti. Woody Allen will also appear in front of the camera in this film. He’s listed near the top of the cast in the IMDB profile, which indicates that he may be one of the main characters.

If “Midnight in Paris,” which was Allen’s celluloid love letter to Paris the way “Manhattan” was his homage to NYC, is any indication of how this film will be presented, I simply cannot wait until it is released. While most, if not all, of the landmarks that will be featured on-screen in “To Rome With Love” will be familiar, Allen will certainly figure out a way to bring out the best in them. The film was shot in Rome and at the famed Cinecittà Studios in the outskirts of Rome during the summer of 2011.

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