GII: 3.7 quake centered in Kinneret, Hula areas

Tremor felt by residents of Metulla, Kiryat Shmona and Tiberias; police say no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

March 8, 2012 04:45
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The Kinneret at sunset

Kinneret at sunset 311. (photo credit: Joe Yudin)

The epicenter of an earthquake felt across northern Israel Sunday was in the Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and Hula area, the Geophysical Institute of Israel (GII) stated.

With a 3.7 impact on the Richter scale, the earthquake was felt by residents of Metulla, Kiryat Shmona and Tiberias. Police said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale struck in August 2011, and was felt in various parts of the country.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

At the time, the GII confirmed that the epicenter of the quake was in the Mediterranean Sea, some 40 kilometers west of Binyamina. The institute received reports from people who felt the quake in Haifa, Afula, Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Kibbutz Nativ.

Another earthquake struck earlier that year in April, although that tremor did not register on the Richter scale.

In July, National Economic Council chair Professor Eugene Kandel said that Israel was not financially ready to cope with the aftermath of a large earthquake, Army Radio reported.

“I don’t recommend to anyone to rely on the government in such a scenario,” Kandel said.

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