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Greece rocked by 5.9 magnitude earthquake near Rhodes


A strong earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9, struck the island of Rhodes in southeastern Greece on Wednesday, according to the Geodynamic Institute of Athens.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The quake was also felt in the neighboring Turkish provinces of Mugla, Izmir and Antalya, with Turkey’s emergency management agency AFAD saying it had a preliminary magnitude of 5.4.

It is common for different seismological institutes to record variations in magnitude in the first hours and days after an earthquake.

There were also no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Turkey, although the earthquake caused panic in Mugla province, HaberTurk TV said, with residents rushing out of buildings.

The undersea quake struck at 2:37 p.m. Greek time and had an epicenter nearly 400 kilometers southeast of Athens and 58 kilometers southeast of the town of Lindos in Rhodes, the Geodynamic Institute of Rhodes said. ‘Athens.

Greece and Turkey are in a very seismically active region and experience hundreds of earthquakes each year.

The vast majority cause no injuries or damage.

euronews Gt

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