A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale occurred at 2:30 pm on Wednesday in the sea area between the islands of Rhodes and Karpathos in Southeast Greece. The earthquake was felt throughout the island of Rhodes as well as in parts of the islands of Karpathos, Chalki, Kasos and Tilos and in some areas of southwest Turkey.
Speaking to local newspaper Rodiaki , Professor of Geology at the University of Athens, Efthimios Lekkas, said that the earthquake occurred some 10km from Katavia area in the West of Rhodes and had a small focal depth.
Lekkas pointed out that preliminary evidence shows the epicenter was located at the arc south of Rhodes, which gives earthquakes of such magnitude from time to time.
The epicenter was at a depth of 8 km and the tremor lasted 14 seconds.
As usual, different seismological institutes give different magnitude.
According to local authorities, there have been no reports about injuries or material damage.