Mild earthquake in Israel registers 3.3 on Richter scale

Oct. 22, 2013 at 9:43 AM

JERUSALEM, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- An earthquake hit northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee Tuesday, the fifth quake in the region in a week, authorities said.

The earthquake, which registered a 3.3 on the Richter scale, hit the northwestern area of the body of water at 8:50 a.m., Haaretz reported.

On Sunday, two earthquakes, with magnitudes of 3.6, hit the same area.

On Saturday, a 3.6-magnitude quake hit, and last week, a 3.5-magnitude earthquake was recorded in the same region.

No damage has been reported.

"There were similar cases in the past in which a number of earthquakes clustered around the same time and place, among other cases in Lebanon and the Gilboa [in northern Israel]," Dr. Uri Friedlander, the head of the Israel Geophysical Institute, said. "The truth is we don't know what this recent string means."

The sea is located on a seismically active rift, which has seen devastating earthquakes with magnitudes of 6 and higher, Haaretz said.

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