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Two strong earthquakes rocked central Italy Wednesday, toppling buildings and injuring dozens of people, according to initial reports, two months after a devastating tremor killed nearly 300 in the same region.The first 5.5 magnitude quake sent people running out of their houses, likely saving lives when the second, more destructive, 6.1 magnitude one struck two hours later.The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) registered a first 5.5 magnitude quake at 1710 GMT, with the second two hours later.In August, a 6.0-6.2 magnitude quake flattened the mountain town of Amatrice -- 70 kilometers (45 miles) from Visso -- killing 297 people and injuring hundreds of others.After the second quake, Italian television channels broadcast images of collapsed buildings and people standing dazed in front of their toppled houses.The little town of some 300 people is near Arquata del Tronto, one of the areas worst hit in the August 24 earthquake.Italy's national geophysics institute said the latest quakes were linked to the August one, which was followed by thousands of aftershocks, some of them very strong.
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