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.
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