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A strong earthquake struck the eastern Mediterranean region, and tremors were felt in Turkey, Egypt.

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A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Mediterranean Sea off the southwest coast of Cyprus. There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Cyprus is located in areas prone to secondary earthquakes, but such tremors are rare. (AA)

According to the US Geological Survey, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the west coast of Cyprus, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

According to the USGS, a strong, relatively shallow quake at 0107 GMT early Tuesday occurred around 48km west-northwest of the town of Polis on a Mediterranean island.

The tremors were felt throughout Cyprus and around the region, with reports from distant Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Lebanon.

However, the chances of casualties and damage from the earthquake are low, the USGS said in a preliminary assessment.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center measured tremors at a depth of 51 km with a magnitude of 6.5.

The Turkish disaster agency AFAD said a magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred in the Mediterranean Sea off the southwest coast of Cyprus.

Zones where earthquakes are likely to occur

Cyprus is located in areas prone to secondary earthquakes, but such tremors are rare.

The largest earthquake in recent years was magnitude 6.8 in 1996, killing two people in Paphos along the west coast.

In 1953, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed 40 people and destroyed hundreds of homes, primarily in the Paphos region.

Source: TRT World and distributors

https://www.trtworld.com/europe/strong-quake-hits-east-mediterranean-region-tremor-felt-in-turkiye-egypt-53511?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss A strong earthquake struck the eastern Mediterranean region, and tremors were felt in Turkey, Egypt.

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