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Turkey: earthquake off Kas felt in Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt


AA / Istanbul

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6 struck the coasts of the Turkish province of Antalya, in the Mediterranean, this Tuesday morning, without causing any victims or damage. The shock was felt by locals in Lebanon, Palestine, and even Egypt.

The Turkish Directorate of Natural Disasters and Emergency Situations (AFAD) indicated on its website that the earthquake occurred at 8:32 (+3 GMT), off Kas, district of Antalya, in the south of country.

AFAD added that the earthquake took place at a depth of 36.1 km and that its epicenter was located 189.11 km off Kas.

According to data from the United States Institute of Geological Studies, a magnitude 6 earthquake on the Richter scale occurred in the Mediterranean at 5:32 a.m. (GMT).

Data indicated that the epicenter of the earthquake was in the Mediterranean, 149 km southeast of the Greek island of Karpathos, at a depth of 37.8 km.

For their part, news services in Egypt, Palestine and Lebanon reported that residents of those countries felt the earthquake.

The Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, quoting the director of the National Astronomical Research Institute, Gad el-Qadi, said that “the stations of the National Earthquake Network recorded an earthquake at 07:32 local time”.

Al-Qadi added that a number of residents of Cairo felt the shock without mentioning the loss of life and material.

For its part, the Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar reported that residents of Beirut and regions of northern Lebanon felt a slight earthquake this morning, without reporting any human or material damage.

For its part, the official Palestinian news agency (WAFA) reported that the inhabitants of Palestine felt the aftershocks of the earthquake that hit the Mediterranean. The same source made it clear that there are no reports of casualties or property damage.

The Hebrew newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, also said the shaking was felt by residents of Israel, without providing further details.

The region of southern Greece, located below sea level, is a seismically active region, as large earthquakes of up to a magnitude of 7 degrees occur there, generally affecting other countries Mediterranean.

* Translated from Arabic by Mounir Bennour

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