By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 7:31 AM EDT, Tue May 29, 2012


Rome (CNN) -- At least eight people were killed in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Italy on Tuesday, civil protection authorities said, predicting the number would rise.

The earthquake came nine days after a 6.0-magnitude quake in the same region killed seven people.

Tuesday's quake was followed by several aftershocks. Italy's Institute of Geology said the aftershocks measured 5.3 and 5.1 magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded one aftershock at 5.6 magnitude just before 1 p.m. local time.

Tuesday's earthquake was centered in the province of Modena, near Bologna. The towns of Mirandola and Cavezzo were closest to the epicenter, civil protection authorities said.

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