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Strong Earthquake Hits Near Kythera Island, Greece

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A 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled the island of Kythera

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled the island of Kythera in southern Greece on Tuesday.

According to the data of the Geodynamic Institute of Athens, the earthquake occurred at 18:36 Greek time, with an epicenter 110 kilometers southwest of the island in the sea area between Kythera and Crete.

According to the measurement of the Euro-Mediterranean Institute, the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.7 and a focal depth of 2 kilometers. 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.

There are no reports until now of damage.

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.

Greece 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.

The Aegean Sea Plate is moving southwestward with respect to the Eurasian Plate at about thirty millimeters (one inch) per year while the African Plate is moving northward, sliding beneath the Aegean Sea Plate at a rate of about forty millimeters (1.6 inches) per year.

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