NICOSIA – A strong quake measuring 6.3 points on the Richter scale was registered at 17.21 on Saturday by the seismological centre of Cyprus’ Geological Survey Department.
The department said that the quake’s epicentre was the sea in the bay of Antalya, 188 km northwest of Paphos, at a depth of 11 km and was felt throughout Cyprus.
The centre’s head told CyBC TV there have been three after-shocks so far, with a magnitude of about 3.
Earlier, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre had put the quake at a magnitude of 5.9.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake was particularly noticeable northwest Paphos and in Nicosia, but was felt throughout the island.
A spokeswoman from the Cyprus seismological centre said that that it was particularly felt in high buildings in Nicosia, with reports of small objects being displaced.
Meanwhile AP reported from Turkey that a magnitude-6 earthquake has struck in the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Turkish province of Antalya. No damage or casualties were reported.
The Istanbul-based Kandilli seismology centre said the earthquake occurred at 5:21 p.m. Saturday, and was centered some 84 kilometers southwest of the holiday resort of Alanya. It was also felt in the neighbouring province of Mersin and on the island of Cyprus, AP reported.