ACTNews, GREECE – An earthquake struck off Greece’s coast on Tuesday (10/19/2021) morning at around 8 am local time, reportedly reaching cities in Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. The tremor, which is estimated by the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) to have reached a magnitude of about 6.0, had its epicenter close to the island of Rhodes. A witness in Lindos, Rhodes, confirmed the earthquake and posted on the EMSC’s website that it lasted for 30 seconds.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage in any of the affected countries. A Greek seismologist said that Tuesday’s quake came from a different African fault and no aftershocks were expected.
The earthquake confirmed the current increase in seismic activity in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Tuesday's quake was the third in four weeks to hit Greece. Crete has twice been hit by earthquakes in recent weeks: the 6.3-magnitude boom on October 12 and a 6.0-scale one on September 27.
According to Ethymios Lekkas, president of the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organisation of Greece, the two quakes were unrelated and arose from two different faults.
Meanwhile, Turkey, which is one of the closest countries to the earthquake fault line, said no injuries or damage had occurred. Across the sea, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate said this morning’s undersea quake struck 117 miles off the resort town of Kas in Antalya at around 8.32 am local time.