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The 6.6-magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy on Sunday—the country's largest since 1980—was only the latest in a series of tremors that have shaken Italy since summer

Just days before the quake in Norcia destroyed historic buildings, left thousands of people homeless, and injured more than a dozen (though no deaths were reported), there were back-to-back earthquakes in Macerata, each with a magnitude higher than 5 on the Richter scale. And in August, a quake in Amatrice killed 300.

Seismologists blame the recent activity on stresses in the Apennine Mountains' fault system, which can cause a ripple effect and aftershocks for years to come.  

Does this mean it's no longer safe to travel in Italy?  

Well, it's important to remember that, owing to the two tectonic plates pushing against one another in the southern part of the country, earthquakes here are nothing new. Over the centuries, the big cities and major tourist attractions have figured out ways to minimize the damage (though smaller towns might be less prepared).

What's more, the seismic activity has not as of yet prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a Travel Alert or Warning about visiting the country.

For now, that Roman holiday should still be a go. 



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