TURIN – Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini today suspended production after an earthquake killed at least 10 people in northern Italy where their factories are located.
The three luxury sports car makers said their factories were not damaged in the quake but they had sent workers home.
"All the workers and employees have been allowed to join their families" Ferrari said on its Twitter account.
The 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the province of Modena at 9 a.m. and was followed by an aftershock of 5.6 magnitude just after noon local time.
Maserati is based in the city of Modena, while Ferrari is located 18 km southwest in Maranello. Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant'Agata Bolognese, 20km east of Modena city.
About 5,000 workers at the three automakers were affected. Production is due to resume tomorrow.
The quake was felt throughout northern Italy, including the financial capital Milan, where some buildings and schools were evacuated, and as far south as Tuscany and Umbria.
The severest damage to buildings was reported near the epicenter surrounding towns including Cavezzo, Medolla and Mirandola.
The earthquake was the second this month in the region. An earthquake of a similar magnitude centered near the town of Finale Emilia killed seven people on May 20,