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Powerful 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattles the Greek holiday island of Rhodes

  • Euro Mediterranean Seismic Center reported the quake hit early this afternoon
  • Estimated 300,000 people in area, including in Rhodes, that would feel effects 
  • Several people tweeted about event with one man saying his ‘entire hotel shook’ 

A powerful 5.3-magnitude earthquake has jolted the Greek island of Rhodes today.

The Euro Mediterranean Seismic Center reported that the quake hit just before 12.30 UTC this afternoon.

It has been estimated 300,000 people were within the area that would feel the effects of the earthquake by EMSC.

The Euro Mediterranean Seismic Center reported the quake hit 97km south west of Rhodes

The Euro Mediterranean Seismic Center reported the quake hit 97km south west of Rhodes

Several people took to Twitter to say they had felt the movement, with one man saying his ‘entire hotel just shook.’

Duncan H tweeted: ‘Have officially felt my first real earthquake at Atrium Prestige Hotel in Rhodes. Apparently a 5.3. Shook for 30 seconds. Time for a beer.’

While Matthew Dearden said: ‘In Rhodes and the entire hotel just shook.’

Other shared their experience of the quake on EMSC’s website, with the level of shaking varying greatly depending on where they felt it.

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A person estimated to be 36 km south west from epicenter, said the ‘whole hotel was shaking.’

While another person thought to be 53 km north east from epicenter, said their ‘sunbed moved for 10-15 seconds as if someone was behind was gently rocking it.’

Several people tweeted about feeling the earthquake shortly after it happened today

Several people tweeted about feeling the earthquake shortly after it happened today

Some people revealed they had felt it while at their hotels with one many saying the entire building 'shook' from the quake

Some people revealed they had felt it while at their hotels with one many saying the entire building ‘shook’ from the quake 

And another who was in Datça, Turkey, around 126 km north from epicenter, said they ‘felt it slightly.’

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake can cause some damage to buildings and structures. 

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Earthquakes are measured on the Richter Scale, which runs from one to eight, with eight being the most serious and dangerous. 

Yesterday an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 struck not far from Athens, reports website Ekathimerini.

Efthymios Lekkas, the head of the national earthquake planning and protection agency, said this was an aftershock from the magnitude 5.1 earthquake on July 19.

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