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Earthquake hits near Greek islands

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  • NEW: Rhodes woman died after slipping during escape out of house, police say
  • The 6.4-magnitude quake hit 40 miles (64 km) southwest of Dodecanese Islands
  • Quake occurred Tuesday morning
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(CNN) -- A strong earthquake struck Tuesday near Greek islands close to the Turkish coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

One person died, police said.

The 6.4-magnitude quake hit about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of the Dodecanese Islands, a series of Greek islands in the Mediterranean Sea closer to the Turkish coast than to the Greek mainland, the survey said.

The quake happened at 6:26 a.m. local time (11:26 p.m. ET).

A 56-year-old woman died after slipping and hitting her head while racing downstairs to get out of her house, according to a police spokesman in Rhodes, a city in the Dodecanese Islands.

Authorities were concerned that another stronger earthquake would occur, Rhodes Mayor Hatzis N. Hatziefthimiou told CNN.

CNN's Christine Theodorou contributed to this story.

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