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5.9 Earthquake Strikes Off the Coast of Rhodes

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The earthquake struck the sea southeast of Rhodes. Credit: Geodynamic Institute of Athens

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck the area east of the Greek island of Rhodes, the Athens-based Geodynamic Institute said.

The institute reported that the earthquake hit around 2.37 p.m. local time Wednesday, with its epicenter located about 63 kilometers southeast of the town of Lindos. Its depth was measured at 10 kilometers.

There were no immediate reports of injury or damage from the quake.

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

Rhodes earthquake was swallow

Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their reports.

Earlier in January a 4.8 earthquake rattled Lesvos Island, further north in the Aegean Sea.

Greece lies in a highly seismically-active region. The vast majority of earthquakes cause no damage or injuries, however.

In October 2020, an earthquake that struck the eastern Greek Aegean island of Samos and the nearby Turkish coast killed two people on Samos and at least seventy-five people in Turkey.

The country is located in a complex geological boundary zone in the eastern Mediterranean between the African and Eurasian Plates.

The northern part of Greece lies on the Eurasian Plate, while the southern part lies on the Aegean Sea Plate.

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