6.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Cyprus, felt in Israel

Geological Survey says quake's epicenter is located 369 kilometers from Nahariya in Eastern Mediterranean region; Israelis report feeling tremors across country, including in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Be'er Sheva

Tal Amoday, Ahiya Raved‎|
An earthquake of 6.6 magnitude hit the west off Cyprus coast and was felt by some in Israel, the country's Geological Survey said on Tuesday.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • The earthquake, which originated in Eastern Mediterranean region, was also felt by some in Egypt, the country's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics confirmed. Many along the Mediterranean coast of neighboring Turkey also felt the quake, but there have been no reports of casualties or damage.
    2 View gallery
    Earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.5 rattled Cyprus on Tuesday
    Earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.5 rattled Cyprus on Tuesday
    Earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.5 rattled Cyprus on Tuesday
    (Photo: EMSC)
    The Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 5:10am (0310 GMT) at 369 kilometers (229.2 miles) northwest of the northern city of Nahariya.
    Israelis across the country reported feeling the tremor, including in Nahariya, Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, Jerusalem, Haifa, Petah Tikva, and Rehovoth.
    According to The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake was registered at 6.5 and at a depth of 51km (31.6 miles).
    The Israel Police confirmed it has received reports about the earthquake across the country. "An earthquake occurred in Cyprus and was felt in various parts of the country. Dozens of calls were recorded by police's telephone services, and there is no Tsunami warning."
    2 View gallery
    (Photo: Shutterstock)
    A Nahariya resident reported her couch was moving. "The couch actually moved from its place, it was terrifying," she said.
    A Jerusalem resident, meanwhile, said the apartment complex where he lives was shaking. "The whole building was swinging," he said.
    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the magnitude of the earthquake appeared to be 6.6, and took place some 48 kilometers from the city of Polis in the northern part of the country.
    News agencies contributed to the report
    Comments
    The commenter agrees to the privacy policy of Ynet News and agrees not to submit comments that violate the terms of use, including incitement, libel and expressions that exceed the accepted norms of freedom of speech.