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Small offshore quake lightly shakes Cyprus

No immediate reports of damages or injuries as people in Cyprus start their week with a light shake


A light earthquake was felt in Cyprus on Monday morning, with no reports of any significant damages or injuries during the few seconds of seismic activity.

Local media said an earthquake around 4.3 points on the Richter scale shook the island Monday morning with the epicenter over Morphou Bay in the north.

The building swayed horizontally and the air conditioning unit came slightly loose from the ceiling, an online user said

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the earthquake struck in the northern part of the island at 9:23 am local time at a moderately shallow depth of 50 km.

There were no immediate reports of any significant damages with many online users saying they felt light vibrations in the area near the epicenter in Paphos but also in other districts including Limassol and Nicosia.

But in one case, it was reported that the shaking was felt on the 5th floor of a building, waking up the children as the structure “swayed horizontally and the air conditioning unit came slightly loose from the ceiling.”

Furniture shaking, including beds, sofas, and chairs, was also reported, mainly in Paphos and Limassol districts, with most reports referring to a few seconds of vibration.


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