5.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Israel, Lebanon
Earthquake felt as far north as Safed, in Jerusalem; epicenter near Cyprus; no injuries, damages reported after tectonic event.
Richter Scale [file photo] Photo: Pichi Chuang / Reuters
A 5.3 magnitude earthquake shook the eastern Mediterranean on Friday night, with
locals in countries throughout the Levant reporting the quake.
States Geological Survey’s website said the quake at a depth of 19.8
occurred in the sea between Cyprus and Lebanon at 9:48 p.m. local
Residents in Israel reported feeling the tremors, as thousands of
citizens picked up the phone and called police to announce the event. No damages
or injuries were reported.
The earthquake was felt as far south as Rishon
Lezion, and as far north as Safed.
Residents in Lebanon also reported the
earthquake, with Lebanese media saying tremors were felt in Beirut, Sidon, Tyre
and the coastal city of Tripoli.
Police said they received thousands of
phone calls in localities nationwide shortly after 9:50 p.m. Residents in Safed,
Beit She’an and neighboring towns in the Jordan Valley, Migdal Ha’emek, Araaba,
Haifa and other cities and towns called their local authorities to report the
In addition, residents of Tel Aviv, Karmiel and Jerusalem
also reported feeling the earth tremble.
“The whole bed was shaking for a
pretty long time,” one Jerusalem resident told The Jerusalem Post. “I’m used to
earthquakes in California, and this one was strong.”
Last December, a
light 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook the Galilee region with its epicenter in
the Hula Valley and Sea of Galilee.
Reuters contributed to this report.