A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy near the town of Norcia early Wednesday morning. Rescue teams are still searching for survivors but at least 73 people have been confirmed dead.

Its one of Italys deadliest earthquakes in recent memory, but by no means the worst in the countrys turbulent history: Recorded history of fatal Italian earthquakes dates back to 1169, when an earthquake in Sicily killed at least 15,000 people. Italy has experienced over 400 significant earthquakes, according to some counts, and they wont stop any time soon.

Italys geological conditions are ripe for earthquakes. Its widely attributed as the most seismically active region in Europe for its near-daily minor tremor and quakes.