Earthquake felt in Galilee

Haaretz reports a minor quake in the Galilean town of Carmiel (Karmiel). Carmiel is located west of the Sea of Galilee about half way to the Mediterranean town of Acco (Acre).

Residents near the northern town of Carmiel reported late-night vibrations which seismologists later confirmed as a minor quake measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale. No damage or injuries were caused.

In 2008 Israel was hit by a 4.1-magnitude quake with its epicenter in Lebanon, which caused damage across the country, ripping open a large hole in the Temple Mount plaza outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and bringing down a house in the West Bank.

Israel also suffered four successive jolts in a four-week period in 2007.

The last major earthquake to strike the area was in 1927, measuring more than 6.0 Richter scale and killing 500 people.

Israeli experts say that because of population growth and high-rise construction, an earthquake of the same magnitude today would kill more than 18,000.

Read the complete article here.

Our photo was made looking east from the traditional Mount of Beatitudes.

View east across the Sea of Galilee from Mount of Beatitudes. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

View east across the Sea of Galilee from Mount of Beatitudes. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

We have written about earthquakes in the Bible World several times. Check here, and use the Search box for the other posts.

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