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Strong earthquake strikes in Cyprus

A strong earthquake has shaken Cyprus, according to the island's geological survey department.

There are no immediate reports of any serious damage or injuries.

The 5.6 magnitude tremor was centred on Cyprus' south-western coastline and was felt across the country including in the capital, Nicosia. The epicentre was 5 miles north west of the coastal town of Paphos at a depth of 15 miles.

The department said the earthquake was followed by about 10 aftershocks.

Paphos district officer Yiannakis Mallourides said authorities reported no major damage to structures or injuries, and were monitoring the situation.

Cyprus is near a seismically active area and earthquakes occur relatively frequently. The last major quake that caused structural damage occurred some 15 years ago.

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