Breaking: Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes Greek island

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes Greek island

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck the island of Kárpathos in Greece.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (ESMC) a huge earthquake measuring between 5.8 and 6.4 on the Richter scale has been recorded off the coast of Greece this morning, Tuesday, October 19.

The epicentre of the quake is believed to be close to the island of Rhodes. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported the incident on Twitter, writing: “This M6.4 earthquake was felt in Eastern Mediterranean Sea, South Greece.”

Tremors have been felt across the eastern Mediterranean with reports that sugges it was felt as far away as Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Israel. It is unclear at this time whether it has caused any injuries yet but the epicentre is believed to have been close to the island of Faliraki.

Witnesses to the quake reported feeling rooms “sway from side to side” and seeing beds and other furniture moving.

One resident of Lindos, a town on the Greek island of Rhodes, wrote on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre website: “Wow! Really felt that one! Curtains moving, chair moving in a weird side to side and round motion – felt quite seasick! Lasted for 30 seconds.”

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A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake recently also struck the Greek island of Crete. This came just two weeks after another quake on the island killed a man and damaged hundreds of buildings.

The Geodynamic Institute in Athens said the quake, on October 12, had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and was registered under the sea off the eastern coast of the island.

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