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6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Central Italy, Destroying Buildings

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ROME (AP) -- The earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 that rocked Italy on Sunday morning is believed to be the strongest quake to strike the country since 1980.

A 6.9-magnitude quake in southern Campania that year killed some 3,000 people and caused extensive damage.

The Apennine region of central Italy, located along a major fault line, has been the site of dozens of significant earthquakes since then.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24 quake killed nearly 300 people and flattened entire villages.

Officials have blamed shoddy construction for the comparatively high death toll from the August quake. The hilltop town of Amatrice, in particular, suffered significant damage, including in newly constructed buildings.

To date, Italy's deadliest quake in recent history remains the 1908 Messina quake that killed tens of thousands of people.

The head of Italy's civil protection agency says there are no immediate reports of deaths after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck regions already damaged by previous quakes.

Fabrizio Curcio said some people suffered injuries as numerous buildings that had resisted previous temblors in August and last week collapsed. He did not provide details on the nature or extent of the injuries.

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