ATHENS, Greece – A strong earthquake struck the Greek island of Rhodes early Tuesday, killing a woman who slipped trying to flee her home, local authorities said.
The quake struck at 6:26 a.m. about 275 miles southeast of, beneath the seabed south of Rhodes, the Geodynamic Institute said. It was also felt on the islands of Santorini and Crete.
Residents and tourists fled their homes and hotels in panic. Dodecanese prefect Yiannis Mahairides said on Antenna radio that one woman died of head injuries when she tripped and fell on a staircase in her home in a village on Rhodes.
No damage was reported at any archaeological sites or at the medieval castle in Rhodes.
The U.S. Geological Survey gave the magnitude as 6.4. Magnitudes often differ in the first hours and days after an earthquake.
is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, but most of the quakes do not cause damage or injuries.
On June 8, a 6.5-magnitude quake struck near the western port city of, about 120 miles west of Athens, killing two people, injuring more than 200 and damaging hundreds of buildings. In 1999, a magnitude 5.9 quake near Athens killed 143 people.