Magnitude 3.8 Earthquake Rattles Northern Israeli City

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A view of Haifa, Israel, 2017.
A view of Haifa, Israel, 2017. Credit: rami shllush

A mild earthquake was felt in the area of Haifa and the north of Israel on Thursday morning. No injuries or damage were reported.

The quake registered a 3.8 magnitude on the Richter scale and occurred at 6:54 A.M., according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel.

The center of the earthquake was offshore in the Mediterranean Sea, about 15 kilometers southwest of Haifa and 10 kilometers under the sea.

Mild earthquakes in the 3 to 4 magnitude range have occurred in recent years along a number of fault lines in the Mediterranean and Lebanon, but these were too weak to cause any major destruction.

The main fault line that has caused destructive earthquakes in Israel runs along the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea. These were in a range of 6 to 7 on the Richter scale and are expected to occur again in the future.

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