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Posted By: James Allen  |  21 May 2012   |  8:36 am GMT  |  12 comments

A powerful earthquake, which struck in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing seven people and destroying many historic buildings, was centred less than 50 kilometres from Maranello, the home of Ferrari.

The magnitude six quake, had its epicentre between the towns of Finale Emilia, San Felice sul Panaro and Sermide, about 35km north of the city of Bologna, close to Modena, but it was felt as far afield as Milan.

A Ferrari spokesman said this morning that the shock had been clearly felt in Maranello, but there is no damage to Ferrari’s road car factory or to the Gestione Sportiva, the F1 base.

The quake was the worst to hit Italy since the L’Aquila quake in 2009, although there are far fewer fatalities in this instance. Over 50 people have been injured and many buildings and monuments dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries have been destroyed. Over 100 aftershocks have led to further destruction. Experts say that Italy is prone to earthquakes with up to 2,000 small shocks every year and the occasional big one.


It is not yet decided what Ferrari will do to mark the event around this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix or to raise money for victims, families or for the rebuilding effort. The responsibility for rebuilding falls to the region of Emilia Romagna, rather than the state government and with money in short supply in Italy due to the Euro crisis, it’s a difficult situation. Ferrari is one of the most successful businesses in the region.

As soon as news comes on that we will pass it on.

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12 Comments
  1. Kay says:

    Hope the people there will be fine :(

    Seems like quake happen more frequent these few years than in the past.

  2. Gdon says:

    I have been living in Italy since 2000 and my first earthquake experience here in North Italy was around 4 years ago.
    Did not feel any since then, though this year, from Jan it is the 3rd big earthquake to jolt us, with this one being the biggest.
    Hope it quietens down but somehow I’m not not so sure..

  3. Basil says:

    Maybe it woke up Felipe.

    1. Gudien says:

      You win the prize for best posting on this article.

      1. hero_was_senna says:

        7 people have died.
        I know, not a major catastrophe but I wouldn’t be celebrating what is in essence a tasteless comment.

    2. hero_was_senna says:

      A little tasteless my friend..

  4. Dan Orsino says:

    F1 is a wealthy business and should have a charitable unit that can provide help to these people. Good of course that the human loss is not as bad as it might have been, but still terrible tragedy for those affected.

    Also I hate to hear about historic buildings destroyed esp in Italy, the most beautiful of countries

  5. Enzo says:

    For the victims of the Haiti earthquake they auctioned a special version of the 458 Italia, after the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy they auctioned an F430, and for the Japanese victims they auctioned off a Ferrari FF.
    I’m sure they will do something again.

  6. Thomas Vasquez III says:

    We have gone to Maranello many times (for 1 week in Tuscany region for fun & 1 week to attend the Cerasaie tile show) over the years, and stayed at the Planet Hotel.

    We hate to hear about historic buildings & churches being destroyed by an earthquake, especially in Italy, the most beautiful of countries.
    The Saint Agostino tile factory was damaged……. We have purchased lines of tile from them through the years and currently have a line that has been very successful for us and them.

  7. nick says:

    James what’s that weird looking big tube thing in the pictures – is it to do with their wind tunnel?

    1. Dylan says:

      Yes it’s their wind tunnel. I found this out as we went on the tour of the Ferrari factory on Saturday, had lunch in Modena and stayed the night in Milan. The quake woke me up at about 4am, so it was quite strong even in Milan. Lucky the damage wasn’t worse, it’s such a beautiful area!

    2. PaoloC says:

      Yes, it’s been built in 1996-1997 designed by world famous architect Renzo Piano, it’s the first step of Ferrari’s Formula Uomo Project (http://www.ferrari.com/English/about_ferrari/Pages/Formula_Uomo.aspx)

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