Northern Dead Sea
Northern Dead SeaIsrael news photo: Hana Levi Julian

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake occurred early Thursday in Israel. The quake was centered on an area near the Dead Sea, and several people reported feeling its effects in southern Israel. Residents of the north also said they felt vibrations, and investigators are checking whether there were indeed two quakes around the same time.

No injuries or damage were reported from Thursday's quake.

The last earthquake in Israel took place on June 27, when a a 5.2 magnitude quake was felt throughout the country. The earthquake's epicenter was some four kilometers southeast of Nuweiba, in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula which borders southern Israel.

But the tremors were felt throughout Israel as well, from Be'er Sheva, Arad and Eilat in the south, to Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Rehovot in central Israel, and even as far north as Nahariya, Acco and Afula. Flights from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport were halted for ten minutes, due to the tremors which were felt there as well.