5.9 magnitude earthquake hits Greek vacation islands as tremors rock Rhodes, Cyprus and Crete

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A POWERFUL 5.9 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Greek island of Rhodes – with tremors felt in Cyprus and Crete.

The quake struck off the coast of Rhodes shortly after 2.30pm native time, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre mentioned.

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The quake struck off the coast of Rhodes at lunchtimeCredit score: Getty

Tremors had been felt as far-off as Cyprus and Crete.

There have been no fast stories of accidents or injury.

The quake’s epicentre was almost 400km southeast of Athens and 58km southeast of the Rhodes city of Lindos, the Athens Geodynamic Institute mentioned.

The earthquake was additionally felt in close by Turkey.

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HaberTurk TV mentioned the tremors sparked panic within the provinces of Mugla, Izmir and Antalya as individuals rushed out of buildings.

Turkey’s AFAD emergency administration company mentioned it had recorded a preliminary magnitude of 5.4.

It is common for various seismological institutes to report variations in magnitude within the preliminary hours after an earthquake.

Greece and Turkey lie in a extremely seismically energetic area and expertise tons of of earthquakes yearly.

The overwhelming majority trigger no accidents or injury.

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