6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Central Italy

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said. The epicenter was 6 kilometers north of Norcia, where emergency services said six people were rescued from the rubble. Early reports said there were no deaths or injuries. Italy has been hit with a string of powerful earthquakes and aftershocks since a tremor in late August destroyed the town of Amatrice, killing nearly 300 people. Historic structures in the region—many of which are centuries old—have been badly damaged or completely destroyed in the recent string of earthquakes, including two powerful tremors of 5.5 and 6.1 last week. In Norcia, a 14th century basilica collapsed. Sunday’s quake is believed to be the strongest to hit the country in 36 years. The Daily Beast’s Barbie Nadeau, who lives in Rome, said the earthquake was powerful enough to knock glasses off of her kitchen shelf. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledged to rebuild the affected areas, writing on Twitter: “These villages are the soul of Italy.”