A strong earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale has rattled central Italy.
The earthquake struck about 6km north of Norcia, 10km deep at a magnitude of 6.6.
This quake was more powerful than the 6.2 earthquake in August, which killed almost 300 people in the region and leveled several small towns.
Italy’s civil protection department, Protezione Civile, said the earthquake had brought down buildings in “numerous places” in the centre of the country.
It also said there was no word yet on any casualties.
Local authorities said many towns and villages already battered by the August quake had seen further significant damage.
Italy is currently experiencing a number of earthquakes. The country sits on two fault lines, making it one of the most seismically active countries in Europe.