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Aftermath of earthquake in central Italy

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, according to CNN.

Sunday's earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to USGS, making the epicenter relatively shallow. Generally, the more shallow the epicenter, the more a quake is felt at the earth's surface, and the more damage it is likely to cause.

The earthquake follows tremors last week and comes on off the heels of a devastating quake in August, which killed nearly 300 people and flattened entire villages.

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