Cyprus was rocked by its strongest earthquake in 16 years on Wednesday, sending some office workers scurrying into the streets but with no immediate reports of casualties, authorities said.
The quake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, hit at 11:25 am (0825 GMT) and was followed by 10 aftershocks before midday, the island's geological survey department said.
The epicenter was off the resort of Paphos on the island's southwest coast but it was felt in the capital Nicosia 110 kilometers (70 miles) away.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or serious structural damage.
But police said they had received some reports of falling debris and authorities were still assessing the damage.
Cyprus lies in a second-tier earthquake zone where tremors are frequent but normally of low magnitude.
Wednesday's quake at a depth of 25 kilometers (15 miles) under the sea was the strongest since another 5.6-magnitude quake in 1999.
The biggest quake ever recorded on the island was a 6.5-magnitude tremor in 1996 which claimed two lives and damaged buildings in both Paphos and the island's second city Limassol.