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6.6-magnitude Earthquake Jolts Cyprus, No Reports of Casualties

A 6.6-magnitude quake hit off the west coast of Cyprus early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey mentioned, however there have been no tales of casualties or structural hurt.

The sturdy and comparatively shallow quake at 0107 GMT was centred 48 kilometres (30 miles) west-northwest of city of Polis on the Mediterranean island, the USGS mentioned.

The tremor was felt all by way of Cyprus and all through the realm with tales from as distant as Turkey, Israel and Lebanon, in step with the USGS.

It shook buildings contained in the capital Nicosia, 130 kilometres away, the place some residents went out into the streets. “It was scary. The full growing was shaking endlessly,” one Nicosia resident told AFP. “I thought it would never end.”

Cyprus police instructed AFP there have been no tales of accidents or excessive structural hurt from the quake, however it woke individuals all by way of the island.

“It was a really sturdy earthquake,” mentioned Marinos Lambrou, the mayor of Pegeia, a coastal city near the epicentre. “We will not be used to such earthquakes.

“The residents had been scared, everybody awakened they usually had been frightened. We hope that there might be no aftershocks. Fortunately there was no injury, the scenario is protected and we didn’t register any wounded.”

Further away, in Limassol, Carol Bailey, a 61-year-old French coach, mentioned: “We have been in mattress and it woke us up — it actually went on for a extremely very very long time.”

She mentioned associates who dwell farther west informed her it shook their constructing and set the lights swinging, whereas the within of their hearth “was making a noise like a horror movie”.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre measured the tremor at 6.5 magnitude at a depth of 51 kilometres.

Cyprus lies in a secondary earthquake-prone zone, however tremors of such magnitude are unusual.

The largest quake at present was a magnitude 6.8 in 1996, which killed two individuals in Paphos, on the island’s west coast.

In 1953, a 6.3-magnitude quake killed 40 individuals and destroyed plenty of of properties, largely contained in the Paphos area.

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