A 5.1 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Larnaca rattled homes and buildings around Cyprus at around 4:27 pm today, January 21.
The earthquake was at a depth of 10km and around 7km northeast of Larnaca, said earthquake information center EMSC.
In Nicosia old city, we felt our building move from side to side, meaning it was likely a shallow fault earthquake.
This type of earthquake is known to be less destructive than a subduction zone earthquake which are the largest earthquakes recorded. They tend to move the earth up and down and can cause tsunamis.
Cyprus lies in an earthquake zone with vulnerable areas all along the coastline from Famagusta to Paphos.
So far, no damages have been reported.