Earthquake Felt in Northern Israel

Epicenter of 5.9-magnitude quake was off the coast of Antalya. No casualties or damage were reported.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 shook the eastern Mediterranean on Saturday, sending shockwaves that could be felt in northern Israel.

According to Israel's Geophysical Institute in Lod, the epicenter was off the coast of Antalya, and occurred at 5:21 P.M. at a depth of approximately 60 meters.

Last October, five earthquakes were felt in northern Israel, prompting a special Knesset session to discuss Israel's preparedness. Experts predict that a powerful earthquake in Israel would leave an estimated 7,000 people dead, tens of thousands injured and some 200,000 homeless.

The last devastating earthquake in Israel took place in 1927. It had a magnitude of 6.2 and its epicenter was in the Dead Sea. 300 people perished.