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USGS: 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy

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(CNN) -- A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck central Italy Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The earthquake, which occurred at a depth of less than a mile (1 kilometer), hit roughly 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Preci, not far from where two powerful quakes hit Thursday.

    Both of those earthquakes -- which had respective magnitudes of 5.5 and 6.1 -- did not result in any reported deaths. But the destruction of nearby historic structures prompted people to view the damage as a loss to their cultural heritage.

    Rescuers had also expressed fear of mudslides and remained wary about the risk of bringing heavy equipment up narrow roads linking the towns, villages and hamlets in a hilly region of the country.

    Those earlier earthquakes happened about 50 miles north of where a deadly quake killed nearly 300 people in August.

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