A minor earthquake was felt throughout Israel early Saturday. The quake, which occurred at approximately 12:15 a.m., lasted several seconds and was felt across various cities in central Israel as well as in some of its more northerly towns. The quake measured at 4.2 on the Richter scale, and its epicenter was located in central Israel, Army Radio reported. This is the second earthquake to hit Israel in the past week. On Monday, two successive earthquakes were felt across most of the country: the first was measured at 3.0 on the Richter scale and the second at 4.2. Tel Aviv University scientists recently said that a major earthquake in the region was long overdue. The university's Dr. Shmuel Marco noted that the Syrian-African Rift is a high-risk location for earthquakes. "We have not had any strong ones since 1033, which means another one is long due. It's impossible to know when it will strike, just like you can't predict road accidents." Judy Siegel-Itzkovich contributed to this report.