Turkey: Strong earthquake shaking Cyprus. No damage

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck Cyprus on Tuesday. It was felt across the eastern Mediterranean. There have been no reports of injuries or damage.

The powerful tremor struck at 3: 08 a.m. (0108GMT) and its epicenter was 50 kilometers (31 miles) off the island’s western coastline at a depth of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles).

The Geological Survey Department said several aftershocks followed the main quake. Christodoulos Hadjigeorgiou, Acting Head of the Department said that neither injury nor damage was caused by the earthquake because it occurred at such depths and distances from the Cypriot coast.

The quake shook some out of their beds, especially in the island’s western district of Paphos where it was felt most strongly. Many people slept through the quake and returned to their normal daily lives.

State broadcaster CyBC reported that a few people spent the night in their cars for fear of a recurrence. The broadcaster posted a video that showed many items being thrown off the shelves of a supermarket.

The Civil Defense Department said that no serious damage or injuries have been reported and that no assistance has been requested from any local authorities.

Many along the Mediterranean coast of neighboring Turkey also felt the quake, but there have been no reports of casualties or damage.

In some districts of Turkey’s southern Antalya province, people rushed out of their beds into the streets after they felt the shaking, the DHA news agency reported.

Cyprus lies in an active seismic zone where it’s estimated that 15% of the world’s earthquakes occur. The island’s last significant earthquake, which measured 6.8, occurred in 1996. It was also the strongest of the previous 120 year.

Suzan Frazer in Ankara, Turkey, contributed to this report.

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