An earthquake that was centred under the sea between Antalya and Cyprus could be felt in the Fethiye this afternoon.

According to the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute the first quake took place at 17:21 local time and measured 6.0 with the epicentre 11.0 km under the sea bed.

The quake could be felt in Fethiye inside buildings, but for many people going about their daily business the effects were not noticeable.

Another quake with a magnitude of 3.1 took place near to Bodrum at 17:28 local time.

Another 6 quakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.8 to 3.1 took place at the same location as the first, between Antalya and Cyrprus, up until 18:10.

Many parts of Greece and Turkey, including Fethiye, are situated on or near major fault lines or cracks in the earths crust that move from time to time.

Fethiye was levelled in 1957 by an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale. The nearby Greek island of Rhodes was also significantly damaged.

Both places lie on a significant and active fault line in the earths crust.