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Quake off Karpathos shakes east Med, also felt in Cyprus (updated)

oct 19 2021 quake

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near the sea off the Greek island of Karpathos early on Monday.

According to the Geodynamic Institute of the National Observatory of Athens, the quake occurred at 8.32am. The epicentre was 156 km southeast of Karpathos, 300 km east of Heraklion, Crete, at a depth of about 66.3 km.

The quake was also felt Cyprus.

And in a written announcement, the Cyprus Geological Survey Department reported a 6.1 magnitude quake 350 km west of Cyprus.

“Despite the large distance of the epicentre from Cyprus, this quake was felt in many parts of the island, mainly by residents of large buildings,” it said.

The department said it was monitoring the situation.

There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.

The quake also shook, Beirut, Cairo and other cities in Egypt, parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the region around southern Turkey’s Antalya, Reuters witnesses said.

Two powerful quakes rattled Crete in recent weeks, killing one person and damaging buildings.

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