By Nat Shirley
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm
 
The second Italian earthquake in less than a month hit northern Italy at about 9 a.m. local time today, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale and taking the lives of at least 15 people.

Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, have temporarily stopped production at their factories in the region as a precautionary measure, according to an Automotive News report. Motorcycle maker Ducati, which was recently purchased by Audi, has also ceased activities at its plant following the seismic event.

No major damage was reported at any of the factories, and production is scheduled to resume tomorrow.

The earthquake was centered around the towns of Cavezzo, Medolla and Mirandola, although its effects were felt throughout much of the Emiglia Romana region. Officials have reported that 200 people have been injured and over 5,000 have been evacuated from their homes. It follows a May 20 quake that killed seven people and caused over $251 million in damage near the town of Finale Emilia.