Seismograph showing earthquake
Seismograph showing earthquakeiStock

An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale was felt shortly before 5 pm in Israel Wednesday afternoon. This is the second such earthquake in Israel in less than 24 hours.

The Seismological Division of the Geological Survey of Israel said that the epicenter of the earthquake was 20 kilometers southeast of the city of Ariel.

Last night (Tuesday), at about 11:15 PM, an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale was felt. Its epicenter was 15 kilometers southeast of Ariel, close to the location of the epicenter of Wednesday's earthquake.

Thus far, there are no reports of injuries or damages.

The earthquakes in Israel on Tuesday and Wednesday follow the devastating earthquake which hit Turkey and Syria overnight Sunday and which was also felt in Israel. That earthquake has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks, including one early Tuesday morning which measured 5.6 on the Richter scale.

On Tuesday, officials from the World Health Organization warned that the death toll in Syria and Turkey following the earthquake could top 20,000. The death toll has already surpassed 11,000.