A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Eastern Mediterranean

by Daily Sabah

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook the west coast of the island of Cyprus early Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The strong and relatively shallow quake that struck at 1:07 a.m. GMT was centered 48 kilometers (30 miles) west-northwest of the town of Polis (Poli), the USGS said.

Tremors were felt across the Mediterranean island and around the region with reports from as far as Turkey, Israel and Lebanon.

It shook buildings in Nicosia (Lefkoşa), 130 kilometers away, prompting some who were awake to go out into the streets.

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