Greek island hit by 5.9 magnitude earthquake

Greek island hit by 5.9 magnitude earthquake.
Greek island hit by 5.9 magnitude earthquake. Photo by Balate-Dorin

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit the southeastern Greek island of Rodes 

Athens Geodynamic Institute has announced that the south-eastern Greek island of Rodes was hit by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, January 25.  

Authorities also said that the impact of the quake was also felt in the neighbouring country of Turkey.  

Regions including the provinces of Mugla, Izmir and Antalya reported a magnitude 5.4 earthquake as per Turkey’s AFAD emergency management agency, cited by Euronews.  

Officials said that the earthquake caused major panic in Mugla, as reported by local news channels, resulting in residents running of their buildings, but no damage of injury has been reported.  

The Athens Geodynamic Institute also stated that the earthquake´s epicentre was about 400 kilometres southeast of Athens under the sea and struck at 2.37 pm local time. The epicenter was only 58 kilometres from the town of Lindos in Rhodes.  

Both Greece and Turkey experience hundreds of earthquakes every year due to their location in a highly seismic area.  

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