Magnitude 4.4 earthquake hits off Lebanon, felt in Israel

European Mediterranean Seismological Center reports the tremor originated offshore 18 kilometers below the sea; shock felt in northern and central Israel
Lior El-Hai, Israel Moskovitz|
A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the shores of Lebanon Wednesday morning, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (ESMC) said, with reports the shock was also felt in Israel.
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  • The ESMC added that the quake originated 18 kilometers below sea level and that so far no injuries or damages were reported as a result of the tremor.
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    The earthquake occurred early in the morning and was reported to have been felt in Haifa, Nahariya, Afula, Nazareth, and parts of central Israel.
    Naftali Gleitman, living near Tiberias, said that "I felt all the furniture in the house moving and then the floor moved, it was really scary. It feels like the quakes are getting closer to Israel, but no was one injured and nothing was damaged here."
    According to Ohad Hazan from Kiryat Bialik, "At 08:02 am, I felt the bed move for about three seconds. It was the first time I felt an earthquake. We live in a 24-story building, and it seems that everyone felt it this time. We hope for the best because it's getting really stressful."
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    Two days prior, another 6.3-magnitude tremor rattled the Turkey-Syria border region and was felt in many areas across Israel.
    Two other quakes were felt in Israel two weeks ago, the first measuring at 3.5 and the second – which occurred a day after – at 3.3 according to data from the Israel Geological Survey. The survey also added that both quakes originated in central Israel.
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