Earthquake Felt in Tverya Region

A 3.6-magnitude quake felt in northern Israel - the second in less than two days.

Maayana Miskin,

Israel news photo: Flash 90

An earthquake was felt Sunday in the Tverya (Tiberias) region. It was measured at 3.6 on the Richter scale.

Israeli geologists reported that the quake hit at a depth of four kilometers, next to the Kinneret lake (Sea of Galilee).

Residents of Tverya, Tzfat and surrounding towns reported feeling the ground shake, but no injuries or damage were reported.

The quake was the second in less than three days. An earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale was felt in the same region on Thursday night.

Five days before that an earthquake near Crete was felt in southern and central Israel. In mid-September a minor earthquake was felt in the Jerusalem area.

In 2012 the Home Front Command launched a new campaign aimed at informing Israeli citizens about earthquakes and earthquake preparedness.

In 2011 a State Comptroller report on earthquake preparedness in Israel painted a dismal picture. The report noted that Israel is expected to eventually be hit by a major earthquake, and that a quake could lead to thousands of deaths, particularly in parts of northern Israel where houses and hospitals were not built according to contemporary standards.