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Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake Hits Northern Cyprus, Emergency Services Say

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Republic of Northern Cyprus near the city of Famagusta on Thursday, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said.

The tremors occurred at around 2 pm local time, with the epicentre located some 55 kilometres beneath the surface.

Cyprus is situated in a zone that is periodically affected by mostly minor tremors, with stronger ones not being very common. The strongest quake registered in recent years measured a magnitude of 6.3 in 1996, but caused little damage.

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