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Magnitude 5 earthquake hits Northern Cyprus

Quake takes place 55.68 km below eastern city Gazimagusa, says Turkish disaster agency

Hamdi Celikbas, Jeyhun Aliyev and Muhammet Ikbal Arslan   | 21.01.2021
Magnitude 5 earthquake hits Northern Cyprus

ANKARA, Turkey / LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

A magnitude 5 earthquake rattled the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Thursday, Turkey's disaster management agency said.

According to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the quake took place in the eastern Gazimagusa city at 5.27 p.m. Turkish time, which corresponds to 4.27 p.m. in the TRNC (1427 GMT).

The quake occurred at a depth of 55.68 kilometers (34.59 miles), said the agency.

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay on Twitter conveyed his get-well wishes to Turkish Cypriots following the tremor.

"We, as Turkey, stand with our brothers and sisters with all of our facilities," he pledged.

According to a written statement from the TRNC's Disaster and Emergency Management Committee, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at a distance of approximately 43 kilometers (26.7 miles) from the Lefkosa Earthquake Station of the TRNC Meteorology Department.

No information on casualties has yet been reported following the quake, which was felt intensely in the TRNC.

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