CAIRO – An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale hit the region of the eastern Mediterranean, and was also felt in Egypt, the Egyptian National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics announced today, as reported by Tanjug.
The earthquake was registered 415 kilometers from the province of Damietta, the Institute adds, Reuters reports.
The earthquake happened in the early morning hours in the sea near Cyprus, the American Geological Survey (USGS) announced, adding that it was 6.6 on the Richter scale, reports the Greek portal “Kathimerini”.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) estimated its magnitude at 6.4 degrees.
The quake struck at 3:07 a.m., at a depth of 19.6 kilometers, and 112 kilometers northwest of Limassol, according to the EMSC.
However, according to a preliminary assessment by the USGS, it is unlikely that the earthquake caused casualties or damage. Cyprus is located in an area with intense seismic activity, where the Eurasian tectonic plate meets the African one.
An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, which occurred on October 9, 1996, killed at least two people and damaged houses in Paphos and Limassol.
An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, which occurred on September 10, 1953, killed at least 40 people and destroyed hundreds of homes, mostly in the area of the city of Paphos.