Photo: Danny Salomon
Geophysics Institute
Photo: Danny Salomon

Minor earthquake shakes Israel

Moderate quake shakes large regions across country, epicenter of quake apparently around Dead Sea. Police: No injuries or damage reported

A magnitude 4 earthquake was felt Sunday morning at 11:25 a.m. across Israel, the Israel Geophysical Institute reported. The head of the Seismology Division at the institutes, Rami Hofstetter, told Ynet that the quake's epicenter was apparently the Dead Sea.


According to the police, no reports of injuries or damage were received.


Ziva, who works in the Malcha neighborhood in Jerusalem said: "Suddenly I felt that my head was shaking and my cup of water was moving, shaking. I sit on the third floor. It is not the first time I feel an earthquake. I'm already used to it. Once when I was younger, there was a very powerful earthquake. I remember that a bus diverted to the sidewalk due to the intensity of the quake."


Ronny Weiss, 46, a resident of Ramat Gan said: "I live on the seventh floor and a few minutes ago everything started wobbling, everything moved, I got nauseous. The photos on the wall moved, the table. I was sitting on a chair and the chair began moving."


Eight days ago, a light earthquake has been felt across Jerusalem and the plains area at around eight in the morning, for a number of seconds. There were no reports of damage or injuries.


The epicenter of the quake was the Jordan Valley. The quake measured 4.4 on the Richter scale, a moderate sized quake.


A number of months ago a light earthquake, 3.2 on the Richter scale, was measured in the Jordan Valley.


A year ago exactly on the eve of the Hebrew new year, a moderate earthquake, measuring 4.0 on the Richter Scale, was felt across Israel.

The epicenter of the quake was 30 kilometers north of Dead Sea, in the Jordan Valley.


פרסום ראשון: 09.17.06, 11:58
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