Home Front Command says no danger after minor quake near Jerusalem

The Energy Ministry’s Seismology Division confirms a minor earthquake near Jerusalem.

The 3.5-magnitude tremor hit at 11:14 p.m. local time and was centered around 15 kilometers (9 miles) southeast of Ariel in the West Bank, the ministry says.

It was felt in the Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and Mevaseret Zion areas, among others.

The IDF’s Home Front command says the earthquake warning system was not activated because the tremors did not pose a danger to residents.

Israel is located on the Syrian African Rift, a vulnerable area for earthquakes that runs through the Jordan Valley, down the eastern side of the country.

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