People in Cyprus have posted on social media that their homes are shaking when the island was struck by a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake, the European Seismological Center for the Mediterranean said
A strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook a region around Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea, with reports from people feeling like houses shake.
The quake occurred at a depth of 2 km (1.24 miles), the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) said.
It was located 30 miles west-northwest of the city of Polis in Cyprus around 1 a.m. local time, and the quake was felt across the island and region, including reports from Turkey, Israel and Lebanon.
There have been no reports of damage or injury.
But people got on social media because they felt the force of the earthquake.
One person wrote, “Woke up when the house was shaking.”
Another said: “The cabinet doors shook and opened.”
Similar posts include: “Quite violent shaking that lasts 10 seconds. Woke me up.”
Another major quake struck the island in October when a magnitude 6.3 tremor hit the south coast of Crete.
The authorities at the time said the waves could be felt as far as Turkey and Cyprus.
It hit the east coast of the island at a depth of 10 km below the village of Palekastro, according to the US Geological Survey.
The village is 82 miles from Agios Nikolaos, a popular destination for British vacationers.
In September one person died and several were injured when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the island.
There have been a number of minor earthquakes in the past few weeks.
Crete lies within a complex geological boundary zone in the eastern Mediterranean between the African plate and the Eurasian plate.
The Aegean plate moves southwest relative to the Eurasian plate at about 30 mm (1 inch) per year, while the African plate descends north below the Aegean plate at a rate of about 40 mm (1.6 inches) per year wrote the Greek reporter.