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(AP) — A powerful earthquake killed at least 15 people as it rocked a swath of northern Italy on Tuesday. Factories and churches collapsed, dealing another blow to a region where thousands are still homeless after a stronger quake just nine days ago. The 5.8 magnitude quake added to the misery being felt in the [...]

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Last Sunday, May 20, a strong and unusually shallow earthquake struck northern Italy, killing at least seven people, damaging or destroying hundreds of structures, and leaving thousands homeless. The magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred just after 4 a.m. local time, at a depth of only 5 km (3 mi). The affected region is home to countless historic churches, castles, and towers -- many of which were damaged or toppled. Displaced families are taking shelter in tents erected on local soccer fields as rescue workers search for survivors and recovery crews try to salvage historic artifacts from the rubble. [30 photos]

Half of a clock face on Modenesi's Towers of Finale Emilia, destroyed following an earthquake on May 20, 2012 in Ferrara, Italy. (Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images)

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Japan marked the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Voting took place in Myanmar in what was hailed as a step towards democratic change. A shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse rocked France.

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Hiroko Masuike revisited the Kongoji Temple in Aramachi, a small community in Japan, in March and October last year. She returned this week for the one-year anniversary of the tsunami and earthquake.

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Photographer Damir Sagolj won second place in the multimedia story section of the POYi awards for this piece on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.

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