6.6-magnitude quake rocks Italy's centre


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A powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy on Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey, in the strongest tremor to hit the country in 36 years.

Residents ran onto the streets in a panic as the quake struck at 7:40 a.m. local time and rescuers were seen in the area around crumbling historical buildings soon after the tremor hit, helping evacuate a group of nuns. They worked through aftershocks that hit every 20 minutes or so.

The quake early on Sunday measured 6.6, larger than quake in August and aftershocks last week.

At least nine people have been hurt but no deaths are reported so far.

Many locals left after last week's quakes.

Nine people have been pulled alive from the rubble.

Tremors were felt in the capital Rome, and as far away as Venice in the north.

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