Hotels shake like a 4.9 earthquake on the Greek holiday island of Rhodes
- Euro Mediterranean Seismic Center reported the earthquake early this afternoon
- An estimated 300,000 people in the area, including Rhodes, who would feel effects
- Originally it was said to be 5.3 on the Richter scale, but later it was lowered to 4.9
- Several people tweet about an event where a man said his & # 39; whole hotel was shaking & # 39;
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 has shaken the Greek island of Rhodes today and shocked various British holidaymakers.
The Euro-Mediterranean seismic center reported that the earthquake struck just before 12.30 UTC this afternoon and originally said it was 5.3 on the Richter scale.
English tourists tweet about the earthquake with some saying their & # 39; whole hotel shook & # 39; after it struck.
An estimated 300,000 people in the area felt the effects of the EMSC earthquake.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 on today's scale has shocked the Greek island of Rhodes
The Euro-Mediterranean seismic center reported the earthquake 97 km southwest of Rhodes
British holidaymakers said they had felt the movement, with one man saying that his & # 39; entire hotel was just vibrating & # 39 ;.
Duncan H, from Surrey, tweeted: & I have officially felt my first real earthquake in the Atrium Prestige Hotel in Rhodes. Apparently a 5.3. Shook 30 seconds. Time for a beer. & # 39;
While Matthew Dearden from Liverpool said: & # 39; In Rhodes and the entire hotel it just shook. & # 39;
The epicenter of the shake was in the sea between the southwest coast of Rhodes and the island of Karpathos Xinhua.
Others shared their experience of the earthquake on the EMSC website, where the level of shaking varies greatly depending on where they felt it.
A person estimated to be 36 km southwest of the epicenter said the entire hotel vibrated & # 39 ;.
While another person thought he was 53 km north-east of the epicenter, his & # 39; tanning bed moved 10-15 seconds as if someone were sitting on the back and rocking him gently & # 39 ;.
Several people tweet about feeling the earthquake shortly after it happened today
Some people revealed that they felt it in their hotels, one of which said the whole building shook & # 39; of the earthquake
Although it was first said that the earthquake was 5.3 on the Richter scale, scientists later reduced it to 4.9 (file photo)
And another one who was in Datça, Turkey, about 126 km north of the epicenter, said that they felt & # 39; it felt somewhat & # 39 ;.
An earthquake with a force of 5.3 can cause damage to buildings and structures.
Earthquakes are measured on the Richter scale, ranging from one to eight, with eight being the most serious and dangerous.
Yesterday an earthquake with a force of 4.0 took place not far from Athens, the website reports Ekathimerini.
Efthymios Lekkas, the head of the National Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, said this was an after-shock of the magnitude 5.1 earthquake on July 19.
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