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6.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Mediterranean near Cyprus – RT World News


Powerful earthquake struck off coast of Cyprus in Mediterranean Sea, US Geological Survey reports

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the Mediterranean region, hitting the area to the northwest of Cyprus. The depth of the quake was reported to be 19.6 km (12.1 mi), according to the USGS.

The earthquake struck at 01:07 GMT, some 62 km (38 mi) off the coast of Paphos, a coastal town in southwestern Cyprus with a population of around 36,000.

However, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) initially assessed the earthquake at a magnitude of 6.4. The quake made waves across the region and is believed to have been felt in Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Greece and Israel, among other countries.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli police had received “dozens of calls to hotlines” following reports of the earthquake.

No tsunami warning has been issued.

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