Israel’s North Rocked by Earthquake

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Tel Aviv beach on a winter day. Tel Aviv, Mar 10, 2022. Photo by Shalev Shalom/TPS
By Aryeh Savir/TPS • 1 May, 2022

Jerusalem, 1 May, 2022 (TPS) — Israel experienced an earthquake on Sunday, the result of a tremor in the eastern Mediterranean Sea that sent shockwaves throughout northern Israel.

There were no reports of injuries or damage following the earthquake.

The Seismology Division of the Geological Survey of Israel reported that the earthquake was a 3.5 magnitude at a depth of 35 km, in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The police reported a magnitude 3.7 earthquake that shook the region about 96 km northwest of the coastal city of Nahariya.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre recorded a 4.0 magnitude tremor.

Israel has experienced several similar earthquakes in recent weeks, as did several other areas on the Mediterranean Sea, and experts warn that this appears to be a prelude to a powerful and destructive event.

Israel experiences minor earthquakes from time to time. It is situated on the East African Rift, which runs through the Jordan Valley, on the border with Jordan, an area prone to earthquakes.

The last major earthquake to hit the region occurred in 1927 — a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 people and injured another 700.

Experts on the issue say that Israel experiences a devastating earthquake every 100 years and have warned that such a disastrous occurrence is just a question of time.

The Seismology Division has recorded 30 quakes in the past seven weeks.

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