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An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale was felt for several seconds across Israel shortly before midday Sunday.

The U.S. Geological Survey placed the epicenter of the tremblor in the Mediterranean Sea, 71 kilometers northwest of Tel Aviv and 80 kilometers west-southwest of Haifa.

The quake was primarily felt in the Lower Galilee, the Haifa Bay, Ra'anana, Petah Tikva and other parts of the coastal plain.

"We felt the whole tower move," a staffer on the 27th floor of a University of Haifa building told Haaretz.

An earthquake measuring 4.2 is considered a "light" earthquake, which is unlikely to result in any serious damage.

Israel was last hit by an earthquake in April, when a tremblor measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale was felt across the country, primarily along the coastal plain.

Israel sits on the sensitive Syrian-African fault line, and experts have been warning for the last few years that the country can expect a major quake in the near future."Statistically, there is a major quake every 80 years," Yefim Gitterman from the seismology department at the Geophysical Institute of Israel told AFP in 2007.

The last major earthquake in the region was in July 1927 when 300 people were killed in Jerusalem and Jericho. A quake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale killed approximately 4,000 people in 1837.