Emergency workers are racing to determine whether anyone was killed when a powerful earthquake struck central and southern Italy this morning.
The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6, was centered in a mountainous area northeast of the capital Rome.
It follows a pair of powerful quakes on Wednesday, which were technically aftershocks from a massive tremor in August that killed nearly 300 people.
The powerful earthquake that shook central and southern Italy has forced the temporary closure of some of Rome’s most important tourist sites.
The Vatican’s St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica was closed for several hours on Sunday after some plaster fell, but was later reopened.
Vatican firefighters inspected St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican’s other basilicas but found no hazards.
The presidential palace also was closed so authorities could check for damage.
Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi cancelled visits to City Hall as a precautionary measure.