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4 people have been reported dead and around 50 injured due to an earthquake that struck northern Italy in the early hours of the morning.

The quake struck just 4am, just 35km (22mi) north of Bologna, at the relatively shallow depth of about 10km below the surface.

Several historical sites were damaged, including churches and a medieval castle.


From BBC News:

It was felt across a large swathe of northern Italy, including the cities of Bologna, Ferrara, Verona and Mantua and as far away as Milan and Venice.

See the following Al Jazeera English video report for more:

Meanwhile across the globe, a volcano has been spectacularly erupting in Guatemala, some 25 miles (40km) from the capital Guatemala City.

The Fuego volcano began erupting on Saturday, sending a column of ash some 5,000 meters (16,400ft) into the sky.

Check out this video report from ITN News for more: