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Strong Earthquake Hits Eastern Mediterranean

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A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the Eastern Mediterranean Countries including Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and Egypt.

The tremor was felt on the islands of Karpathos, Crete, Santorini and Rhodes in Greece.

The tremors were also felt in the Egyptian capital Cairo as well as in Turkey and several Greek islands.

Witnesses also reported the shaking in Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine.

Fortunatly, there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.

“Really felt that one… Lasted for 30 seconds,” a witness in Lindos, Rhodes, said in a posting on the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre’s website.

Earthquakes in Greece and Turkey are not uncommon due to the fault lines that run through the region.

Two powerful quakes rattled Crete in recent weeks, killing one person and damaging buildings. A Greek seismologist said that Tuesday’s quake came from a different African fault.

The quake confirmed the current increased seismic activity in this region.

Second Earthquake in One Week

Last week, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the holiday island of Crete, 120 kilometres from the city of Heraklion, Greece.

However, there have been no official reports about any damages or casualties.

The earthquake occurred under water off the eastern coast of the island, the Geodynamic Institute in Athens said.

Therefore, the Greek seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos warned that a small tsunami will hit the southern part of Crete.

The institution further warned that local residents and tourists should leave the island.

The island lies in a seismologically active region as the Mediterranean Sea is a border between the African and Eurasian plates.

As a result, Greece experiences frequent tremors. A year ago, a powerful quake in the Aegean Sea claimed at least 27 lives and injured around 800 people.

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