Earthquake hits many areas of Middle East

The Sea of Galilee is located on top of the Dead Sea Fault, which is part of the Great Rift Valley

Dubai: Parts of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine have been hit by earthquakes yesterday (Wednesday). 

The aftershocks continued all through the day.

The official news agency in Lebanon reported that a tremor was recorded on Wednesday evening, and felt by many residents, especially in the capital Beirut.
“A 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurred at 10pm, Wednesday night, with its epicentre two kilometers deep in the Sea of Galilee,  Northern Palestine,”

Rachid Juma, head of the seismic network administrator at The National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Beirut, was quoted by the agency. 

Juma said aftershocks are still being felt around the region.

In Syria two earthquakes and multiple aftershocks were felt.

The Syrian news agency also reported that the National Meteorological Center detected tremors early morning on Wednesday in the Sea of Galilee area of northeastern Palestine and two earthquakes near the Syrian-Turkish border. 

According to the center, the first tremor occurred in the area of Tiberias Wednesday morning, first with a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale, while the second tremor occurred at a magnitude of 3.3, and the third occurred at a magnitude of 2.1. The fourth was of magnitude 4 on the Richter scale while the fifth occurred with a magnitude of 2.8 on the Richter scale.

Randa Mohammad, general director of the centre said the two earthquakes were recorded on Wednesday night. The first on the Syrian-Turkish border with a magnitude of 4.1, while the second occurred with a magnitude of 2.9.

In Palestine, the Palestinian News agency reported that the epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers below the surface of the earth, adding that the area was currently experiencing seismic activity, as it did three years ago.

Director of the Earth Sciences and Seismic Engineering Unit at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Jalal Dabbeek, said: “The areas of southern Lebanon, the Syrian Golan, northern Jordan, northern Palestine, Jenin and Nablus have clearly felt the shock.”

The Sea of Galilee is located on top of the Dead Sea Fault, which is part of the Great Rift Valley, which runs from Lebanon to Mozambique and was formed 35 million years ago.


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