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6.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Italy but takes no lives

A powerful earthquake struck central Italy Sunday morning, rattling the same region that has been shaken by multiple devastating quakes in recent months. Clocking in at 6.6 magnitude, Sunday's tremors collapsed several homes and churches. Some people were injured but no deaths have been reported.

Among the ruined buildings was the Monastery of St. Benedict in Norcia, built on a site where Benedictine monks have been active for more than a millennium.

"This is a tragedy. It is a coup de grace. The basilica is devastated," said Bishop Renato Boccardo of Norcia. "Everyone has been suspended in a never-ending state of fear and stress. They are at their wit's end."