Fresh earthquakes send minor tremors through Israel’s north
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Four seisms recorded in less than 24 hours

Fresh earthquakes send minor tremors through Israel’s north

Separate 3.2-magnitude temblors with epicenters near Tiberias recorded by seismological institute; no injuries or damage reported

View of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, April 19, 2017. (Isaac Harari/Flash90)
View of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel, April 19, 2017. (Isaac Harari/Flash90)

Seismic temblors continued to rattle parts of northern Israel early Thursday morning with two minor earthquakes recorded overnight, making a total of four seisms in less than 24 hours.

The tremors — recorded at just after midnight and around 1:30 a.m. — both registered 3.2 on the Richter scale and emanated around 9 kilometers north of Tiberias, according to the Geofon seismological institute.

There were no reports of injuries or damage from either incident.

The quakes follow a series of temblors felt throughout northern Israel on Wednesday with Geofon reporting four separate earthquakes and a number of minor aftershocks. The first one quake struck at around 4:50 a.m., according to the institute, the second around 10:45 p.m.

Though largely rocking the north, with their epicenter in the Galilee, the earlier quakes were felt by Israeli residents as far south as Tel Aviv, Modiin and Jerusalem, and also in Lebanon and Syria to the north.

Israel sits on the geologically active Syrian-African rift, which runs through the Jordan Valley, and the region occasionally experiences small quakes. Experts say the area experiences a major quake every 100 years or so.

The last major quake struck on July 11, 1927, killing over 400 and leaving “not a house in Jerusalem or Hebron… without some damage,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported in the days following.

In 2016, experts warned a Knesset committee that the country is not prepared for the thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of shekels in damage that could occur in the event of a major earthquake in the region.

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