Several minor earthquakes shake Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has been hit by four minor earthquakes over the past several days.

Two earthquakes on Sunday were felt in the area of Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee — one at noon and the second a few hours later.  They both measured about  3.6 on the Richter scale.

The previous day, an earthquake of the same magnitude hit northern Israel, with its epicenter between the Hula Nature Reserve and the Sea of Galilee. A 3.5 magnitude quake occurred late last week, also near Tiberias.

It is not known what the string of mild earthquakes means and if it is a precursor of a larger earthquake in the region.

The Sea of Galilee is located on the Great Syria-African Rift, which has been the center of several earthquakeOn Sunday evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,  spoke with Dr. Avi Shapira, chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee on Earthquake Preparedness. Netanyahu instructed Shapira to update him on earthquake prepardness  assessments and inform him if preparedness must be stepped up in light of the recent earthquakes.


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