3.8 magnitude earthquake felt in northern Israel

Tremor felt across North; no injuries, damage reported; Geophysical Institute: center of quake in Hula, Kinneret area.

December 5, 2011 01:19
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Richter Scale [file photo]

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


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

The earthquake's Richter scale impact was 3.8 and was felt by residents of Metula, Kiryat Shmona, and Tiberius. Police said there was no immediate knowledge of damages or injuries.

4.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Israel, no injuries

In August this year an earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale struck, and was felt in various parts of the country. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The Geophysical Institute at the time 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 Israel in April this year, although that tremor did not register on the Richter Scale.

In July, the National Economic Council chair Professor Eugene Kendal 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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