A minor earthquake of a 3.2 magnitude was felt in northern Israel on Thursday afternoon at 1:05 P.M. – the fourth tremor in just over 24 hours recorded in the area. The epicenter of the quake was 8 kilometers north of Tiberias, near the Sea of Galilee, along the Syrian-African fault. There were no injuries or damage to property reported.
The first in the series of temblors, with a magnitude of 4.3 was recorded on Wednesday morning. It was followed by several aftershocks, one of which registered 4.5, exceeding the magnitude of the original quake.
The epicenter of the tremors lies along the fault line, known as the Syria-African rift in the Jordan Valley. Temblors of 3-4 on the Richter scale are frequently recorded along the fault line.
Approximately once a century the area is hit by a much larger earthquake (of a magnitude of at least 6. The last one struck in 1927, causing a number of deaths and substantial damage.
Authorities recently began setting up an early warning system, called Truah, which will have 120 seismic information-gathering stations along the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea Valley, Carmel area and other regions prone to quakes. The system will provide 10 – 30 seconds warning between the first earth tremor and the more powerful, destructive one that comes in its wake.