Latest Israel earthquake strikes in the South

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A minor earthquake hit southern Israel, the sixth temblor in seven days.

The earthquake measured 3.3 on the Richter scale and was felt in the port city of Eilat. The epicenter was in the Egyptian coastal resort town of Taba.

It was the first of the six earthquakes to be felt in Israel’s South; the previous five were centered near the Sea of Galilee in northeast Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said instructions on earthquake preparedness should be updated and publicized for all citizens. His instructions followed a discussion with government ministers on national preparedness in the event of a major earthquake.

It is unclear what the string of temblors means for future earthquakes.

Hundreds of people died and were injured in a 6.2 magnitude quake in 1927 that centered on the Dead Sea.

 

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