A strong earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was recorded today, Thursday, October 3rd, at 07:44 am. According to the Athens Geodynamics Institute of the Athens National Observatory, the tremor’s epicenter was located 37 km southeast of Rhodes and had a focal depth of 17 km.

No casualties or damages have been reported so far. The head of Greece’s Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, Efthymios Lekkas, was reassuring and said that the earthquake was particularly felt because of its superficial focal depth. However, no panic ensued on the island, as there is no cause for alarm.

Mr. Lekkas also underlined that the phenomenon is not linked to the powerful earthquake that was recorded in Constantinople last week.