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Israelis Shaken by Minor Earthquake Early Wednesday

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The Kinneret in Tiberias. Photo: Andreas Fjellmann via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Some residents of northern Israel were jostled awake early on Wednesday by an earthquake.

The tectonic shift measured 4.1 on the Richter scale, according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel, and occurred at approximately 4:58 a.m, with aftershocks at 6:41 a.m. and 6:52 a.m. that measured 2.1 and 3.8 respectively.

The epicenter of the quake was measured in the northern Kinneret (see of Galilee) just over 6 miles northeast of Tiberias, and believed to have taken place over 2 miles underground.

No injuries or damage was reported, but many residents of Tiberias described their surprise and fear at feeling their homes shake for approximately 15 seconds.

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Residents of Kfar Saba, Raanana, Hod HaSharon and the Jordan Valley also reported feeling the earthquake.

Israel sits along the Syrian-African fault line, which runs along the border between Jordan and Israel. In 1927, a major earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked parts of Israel including Jerusalem, claiming 500 lives.

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