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Earthquake Felt in Egypt and Greece

CAIRO, Egypt - A strong earthquake centered in the Mediterranean Sea shook the Egyptian capital and parts of Greece early Tuesday. No casualties or damage were immediately reported.

The 6.4-magnitude quake hit at 6:53 a.m., Ali Abdel-Adim Tialib, chief of Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, told Egypt's Middle East News Agency.

Bill Smith of the U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites)'s National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., said the earthquake was centered about 95 miles west-southwest of the Island of Rhodes.

A quake with a magnitude of 6 can cause severe damage.

However, Tour Egypt sources in Cairo tell us that, while many people felt the earthquake in Cairo, particularly in taller buildings, many did not know of it at all until reported on the news.

Tuesday's quake also was felt across the southern Aegean and on parts of the Greek mainland south of Athens, reports said.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute reported a preliminary magnitude of 5.9.

Last Updated: June 13th, 2011