3.5-magnitude quake hits north of Lake Kinneret

Residents in area report feeling small tremors; no injuries or damage reported.

January 13, 2014 16:01
Richter Scale [file photo]

Richter Scale, earthquake quake hand graph 311 (R). (photo credit: Pichi Chuang / Reuters)


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An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 on the Richter Scale rattled northern Israel at about 3:01 p.m. on Monday, with its epicenter just north of Lake Kinneret, according to the Israel Geophysical Institute’s Seismology Division.

No injuries were reported.

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The last earthquake to be felt in Israel were tremors from a mild eastern Mediterranean quake on December 28, which registered 5.8 on the Richter Scale and was centered about 80 kilometers south-southwest of Avsallar, Turkey.

Prior to these tremors, Israelis near Haifa felt a 3.4-magnitude quake on December 12, which followed a string of minor quakes in Israel’s North in October.

The last significant quake to impact Israel was a 6.2 magnitude tremor in 1927, which caused the deaths of some 550 people on both sides of the Jordan River and considerable damage in Jerusalem, Nablus, and Jericho.

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