Aftershocks continue following a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Northern Italy Sunday shortly after 4 a.m., killing at least seven people.
Thousands of residents are now homeless, and those that aren't are afraid to return to their homes because of the aftershocks.
Emilia Romagna, regional president of Vasco Errani, said that civil protection crews were checking schools, businesses, homes, churches, and other cultural heritage sites to evaluate the exact scale of damage and rebuilding costs.
"Unfortunately, the aftershocks are continuing and this is creating concern for the citizens," Romana told the Italian news channel Sky TG24.
"This is something we have to deal with because there is a psychological aspect to this," she said. "As a result, we're speeding up the checks on the buildings."
Officials say this is the strongest quake to hit the region in hundreds of years. At least seven people are dead and priceless pieces of history were destroyed, including centuries old churches and clock towers.
The epicenter of the quake was 22 miles north of Bologna. The region is known for its Parmesan cheese. Agricultural losses are estimated at more than $200 million.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti returned early from the NATO summit in Chicago because of the quake.