The death toll from the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Italy on Tuesday continues to rise, as officials announced late Wednesday that the body of another victim had been found. The official toll stands at 17 dead, with more expected as workers continue to sift through the rubble of collapsed buildings, according to a report by CNN.
Reuters has reported that the Italian government plans to raise the excise duties on fuel in order to help pay for earthquake relief for the survivors of Tuesday's tremor, the second major earthquake in the northern part of the country in as many weeks. It has also decided that spending limitations imposed by the nation's austerity planning should be loosened for the region as it attempts to recover.
Here are some of the key details to have emerged in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake.
* Prosecutors in the province of Modena have launched an official investigation as to the construction methods and materials used in building the local factories. The majority of the bodies discovered so far have been those of factory workers, who were at their posts when the second earthquake on Tuesday collapsed the structures.
* The factories in question were of more recent construction, and should have withstood an earthquake of the magnitude experienced in the region on Tuesday, according to the prosecutors. Most of the rest of the structures in the town of Medolla that were of the same relative age as the collapsed buildings are reportedly still standing.
* Approximately 14,000 people are now homeless in the region. Many are living in cars or tents, although relief workers have also been able to set up shelters to house some victims.
* The area where the quakes were centered, Emilia-Romagna, is a heavily industrial area, as well as rife with farms. Officials are estimating that the toll on the country's agriculture from the two quakes could reach as high as 500 million euros, according to Euronews.
* The biomedical industry is predicting losses as high as 600 million euros, while the cheese-making industry is projecting losses of around 70 million euros.
* Italy's Environment Minister Corrado Cini told Corriere della Sera on Wednesday that the nation needed to update its earthquake risk maps to account for the number of earthquakes happening in the northern part of the country. The area is currently listed as "low risk."
* Search and rescue efforts are due to continue in the region. The government has declared a national day of mourning for June 4.
Vanessa Evans is a musician, traveler, and freelance writer with an interest in European studies and events.
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