Earthquake Destroys 400,000 Wheels of Cheese
Italy's Emilia-Romagna region had a long night, camping out in the cold to stay clear of buildings during the after shocks of yesterday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake that killed seven people. Other casualties were wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano:
The damage to agriculture and livestock, in what is one of Italy's most fertile food producing regions, was estimated to be at least 200 million euros, the farmers group Coldiretti said.
Stables, barns and animal pens were damaged and some 400,000 large wheels of the area's world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses fell from shelves in warehouses where they were undergoing seasoning.
The quake could also affect milk and ham production in the area - famed for Parma ham - because of deaths and injuries suffered by cows and pigs, Coldiretti said.