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BREAKING: Another strong earthquake strikes central Italy

A powerful earthquake struck central Italy this morning, an area already rattled by several large quakes in the past couple of months.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude at 6.6, with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake happened at 7:40 a.m. Sunday, local time, and was centered 132 km (82 miles) northeast of Rome.

According to the Associated Press, buildings collapsed in some of the hardest-hit areas.

Several aftershocks have been reported, three with magnitudes of over 4.0.

This area was hit by a 6.2-magnitude quake that struck the area in August, which caused major damage and killed 290 people.

More recently, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy on Oct. 26.