Earthquake centered on Dead Sea shakes Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An earthquake with its epicenter in the area of the Dead Sea shook Israel. The quake, which measured a 4.4 magnitude, struck early Thursday morning. It also was felt in areas of Jordan. There reportedly was no damage or injuries. Last month, an earthquake reported to be between 5.1 and 5.5 magnitude was felt in southern Israel, with an epicenter in the Sinai Peninsula. Last October, five earthquakes of lesser magnitude were felt in northern Israel’s Upper Galilee. At the time, instructions on earthquake preparedness were updated and publicized to Israelis on the order of the prime minister and earthquake drills were held in Israeli schools. Hundreds of people died and were injured in a 6.2 magnitude quake in 1927 that centered on the Dead Sea. Powered By | Full Text RSS Feed