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Retailers, Factories Feel Effects of Italy Quakes

Tuesday's tremors were noticeable in Milan, about 100 miles northwest, and numerous office buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

MILAN — Northern Italy is still shaking. Nine days after a 6.0 earthquake struck in Emilia-Romagna, killing several and causing buildings to collapse, a 5.8 earthquake was registered in the same region at 9 a.m. local time Tuesday, causing further casualties. The tremors were noticeable in Milan, about 100 miles northwest, and numerous office buildings here were evacuated as a precaution.

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While Milan is considered Italy’s fashion capital, many retail and textile companies have factories in southern Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna.

A spokeswoman for Blumarine, which has a factory in Carpi, close to the epicenter of the morning quake, said she had been unable to reach anyone there in spite of repeated calls. Stone Island, which has its headquarters in Ravarino, evacuated all employees and was in the process of ascertaining possible damage, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Luca Bondioli, president of A.Di.Ci, an association of hosiery companies near Mantova, said while the tremors have been very strong, no member companies had reported serious problems so far. A spokeswoman for clothing company Castor, located in the same area, said the group had also escaped damage from the quakes.

Giuseppe Zanotti’s factory in San Mauro Pascoli was far enough south to avoid any damage, a spokeswoman said. The same was true for Aeffe’s factory in San Giovanni in Marignano.