Minor earthquake felt throughout Israel
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Minor earthquake felt throughout Israel

Temblor centered off the Mediterranean coast measures 4.5 on Richter scale; no reports of damage or injuries

Illustrative: A seismograph for earthquake detection (vchal; iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative: A seismograph for earthquake detection (vchal; iStock by Getty Images)

An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale was felt throughout Israel Wednesday evening.

The temblor at around 8 p.m. was centered about 200 kilometers (125 miles) off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between the northern cities of Haifa and Hadera, according to the Geophysical Institute.

No injuries or damage have been reported.

Residents of Jerusalem, central Israel and southern Israel reported feeling the quake.

Last July, more than a dozen small but noticeable earthquakes shook northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee. At least four measured higher than 4 on the Richter scale, with some felt as far away as Jerusalem. A similar swarm occurred in 2013.

The Sea of Galilee is located on top of the Dead Sea Fault, also known as the Great Rift Valley, which runs from Africa to Turkey.

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