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"I'm praying for the injured and the families who have suffered the most damage, as well as for rescue and first-aid workers."

Italy was hit by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, its strongest in decades

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Italy was rocked by a 6.6-magnitude earthquake Sunday morning, the strongest quake the country had seen in decades. 

There have been no reports of deaths or major injuries. However, a magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit Italy in August, killing nearly 300 people and levelling entire towns.  Last week, two major earthquakes also hit central Italy, injuring two people.

Italy was hit by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, its strongest in decades

Here's a look at the devastation in Amatrice, a town that was hit hard by the August quake.

Italy was hit by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, its strongest in decades

And here's how the quake looked as it was happening inside a home near Rome.

I'm praying for the injured and the families who have suffered the most damage, as well as for rescue and first-aid workers.
Pope Francis, during Sunday Mass

The earthquake's epicenter was roughly 82 miles northeast of Rome. It closed major tourist sites like the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, though it was later opened.

Here's another look at the damages. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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