Earthquake Forces Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini Briefly Suspend Production

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Production of Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini supercars ground to a halt yesterday after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Italy.

The earthquake struck northern Italy yesterday at about 9:00 AM local time, and a 5.6-magnitude aftershock followedroughly three hours later. The epicenter was said to be near Mirandola, Italy, which means it was some 34 miles from Ferrari's plant in Maranello, 22 miles from Maserati's plant in Modena, and 20 miles from Lamborghini's plant in Sant'Agata Bolognese.

Automotive News Europe reports that none of the Ferrari, Maserati, or Lamborghini workers were injured at the plants, although the death toll in the region has hit 17, due in part to the fact that many buildings in the region were already weakened by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rattled the country on May 20th. None of the three plants sustained structural damage.

Representatives of all three companies told ANE that production stopped shortly after the earthquake and the workers--about 5000 in all--were allowed to leave work and return to their families. Production was supposed to restart this morning.

Source: Automotive News Europe (Subscription required)

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