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Italy Quake Destroys £200m Worth Of Cheese
An earthquake in northern Italy has destroyed more than 300,000 wheels of cheese worth an estimated 250 million euros (£200m).
The magnitude-6.0 earthquake killed at least six people, injured dozens and damaged historic buildings including a famed medieval castle early on Sunday, waking terrified citizens and sending thousands running into the streets.
The tremor has also devastated the region's cheese industry, destroying tonnes of Parmesan and Grana Padano.
"The earthquake was very strong and heavily damaged the structures of many warehouses as well as thousands of tonnes [of the two cheeses]", said Stefano Berni, head of a consortium that protects the Grana Padano designation.
"It's a very heavy loss, but there have been no casualties, which is a great relief at this worrying time," he told the ANSA news agency.
The initial estimate of 250 million euros is "very conservative", Mr Berni said, adding that he hoped no further tremors would "further aggravate the state of the already highly damaged and fragile structures".
A wheel of the cheese can weigh up to 40kgs (90lbs), meaning up to thousands of tonnes of the product was destroyed.
The epicentre of the quake, Italy's strongest in three years, was near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of the Po valley.
A series of strong aftershocks hit the area, two of which had a magnitude of 5.1.
what do you think?
Parmesan prices go thriugh the roof !!
No, the roof is going through the Parmesan LOL
I think It has simultaneously destroyed at least £200 million worth of pizzas and presumably £200 million worth of pizza exports.
Wow - I'd be so cheesed off..
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Well that means they will need an extra hand out!! Struggling anyway this just stinks :O))))))
Sad news about the earthquake, damage and loss of lives, however the cheese loss will be devastating to Wallace & Gromit!! :O)
Who cares about the cheese, think about the people
that means another money making enterprise at work, some bodys gonna make a packet !!!!
Cameron to the rescue,bet he be the first to donate a few million quid of OUR hard earned money.
Another excuse for a price rise.
Wow ! that is such a shame..cruel luck...seems like it is almost worth it's weight in gold.
Sky News, where's your human decency? The HEADLINE and the FIRST PARAGRAPH are about CHEESE? Perhaps you would have seemed more respectful - you know: what's called "common decency" - if your headline was about how "AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE KILLED IN ITALIAN EARTHQUAKE" and you mentioned the dreadful cheese losses later. Didn't your mothers teach you that? It makes you look like unfeeling b******s.
who gives a monkeys when we have got mature chedder , a proper cheese !