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Magnitude-4 earthquake rattles northern Israel
Mild tremor felt in Beit She'an, Afula, Tiberias and nearby communities at around 6:30 pm; no injuries

An earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale was felt by residents in the Jordan Valley area Saturday evening. No injuries or damage were reported.


Ynet received hundreds of red emails from concerned citizens who felt the tremor at around 6:30 pm.


The earthquake was felt in Beit She'an, Afula, Tiberias and a number of other communities in the north.


"I was reading the paper at the table when suddenly we felt a light tremor. Less than a minute later the noise grew stronger and the entire house shook," Beit She'an resident Ronen Malka told Ynet.


Rafi Ben-Sheetrit said the quake stirred panic in Beit She'an. "People ran out of their houses and apartment buildings. The soccer fields were full and everyone was hysterical," he said.


Tel Aviv resident Sheli Luria was visiting her parents in Kibbutz Moaz Haim when the earthquake hit. "It was very scary. We're shocked. The whole house shook - windows and doors. My five-year-old niece is afraid lava will flow into the house," she said.


"Beit She'an is located on the Syrian African Rift. The whole area is prone to earthquakes," she explained.


Initial information received via red email


Guy Tsabari, Amit Levy and Ahiya Raved contributed to the report



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