4.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Israel, no injuries

Tremor is felt in wide area across the country; Geophysical Institute says epicenter was some 40 miles west of Binyamina.

August 7, 2011 13:16
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Richter Scale [file photo]

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

An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale struck less than ten minutes before noon Sunday and was felt in various parts of the country.

Calls were made to police stations in several regions reporting the tremor, although at the time there were no reports of injuries or damage.

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The Geophysical Institute 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.

Last month, the National Economic Council chair Professor Eugene Kendal said that Israel is 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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