Strong earthquake shakes Cyprus, Turkey, no damage reported

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook the small island nation and was felt across the eastern Mediterranean, the Cyprus Geological Survey said

NICOSIA, Cyprus — An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.1 shook the small island nation of Cyprus and was felt throughout the eastern Mediterranean, the country’s Geological Survey said on Tuesday. So far, there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

The strong shaking occurred at 3:08 a.m. (0108 GMT) and was centered 50 kilometers (31 miles) off the island’s western coastline at a depth of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).

The Geological Survey said several aftershocks occurred after the main shock.

The quake shook some people from their beds, especially in the Paphos area in the western part of the island, where it was felt most strongly. Many people fall asleep and wake up to the rhythm of daily life.

Police told state broadcaster CyBC that additional patrols had been deployed across the island, but no damage had been reported.

The quake was also felt by many on the Mediterranean coast of neighboring Turkey, but there were no reports of casualties or damage.

In some parts of Turkey’s southern Antalya province, people rushed from their beds to the streets after feeling the shaking, DHA news agency reported.

Cyprus is located in an active seismic zone where an estimated 15% of the world’s earthquakes occur. The last major earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 occurred in 1996 and was the strongest on the island in the past 120 years.

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Suzan Frazer in Ankara, Turkey contributed to this report.

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