Strong earthquake off Cyprus could be felt far away


In the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, several residents were awakened by tremors from a powerful earthquake on Tuesday night. The quake had a magnitude of 6.6, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

There are no reports of loss of life or property damage. And according to the USGC, there is little chance that anyone was injured.

“It was terrifying. The whole building shook endlessly. I thought it would never stop, ”says a Nicosia resident.

The city is located 130 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake, which is the place where the quakes are strongest. According to the USGC, the quake struck 50 kilometers northwest of the Cypriot coast and the city of Polis.

Also in the southern part of Cyprus, the quakes interrupted the sleep of many.

‘We were in bed and it woke us up. It went on for a really long time, says a 61-year-old French woman living in the city of Limassol.

The tremors could also be felt as far away as in Turkey, Israel and Lebanon. Earthquakes in the area around Cyprus are not uncommon, but it is the strength of the night’s earthquakes. The strongest earthquake in recent years occurred in 1996 and had an estimated magnitude of 6.8. Two people in the city of Paphos died. In 1953, 40 people died in an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3. Hundreds of homes, most in the Paphos area, were also laid in rubble.

Late Sunday night, the USGC recorded an earthquake in northern Greece near the border with northern Macedonia. According to the USGS, the quake affected five kilometers north of Florina – a city of almost 18,000 inhabitants. No one was injured.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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