Nissan will make a contribution to the ongoing relief work being carried out by the Red Cross following two devastating earthquakes that struck Northern Italy last month.

The Emilia-Romagna quakes — a 5.9-magnitude temblor on May 20 and a 5.8-magnitude one on May 29 — were the strongest in the country since the April 6, 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila that killed more than 300 people.

The Italian government said 8,000 people were left homeless, adding to the 6,000 already sleeping in tents and temporary accommodation after the first, 6.0-magnitude quake, which struck the same area.

Four fifths of Cavezzo’s buildings were reported to be damaged or inaccessible. Tents were set up at the town’s sports complex and cots laid out on the tennis courts. Frightened residents sat or stood outside their homes, unsure of their next step.

The government declared a state of emergency in the quake area and set June 4 as a national day of mourning, according to a press statement. An extra two-cent tax will also be added to gasoline to help finance the recovery effort.

In addition to Nissan, Ferrari will open an online auction selling exclusive Prancing Horse products – including a £1million 599XX Evo – to help raise funds for the victims.


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