5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Israel


A 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattled most parts of Israel on Tuesday morning in shock waves that made their way from Cyprus and Greece, where the tremor originated.

According to the Euro-Med Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake occurred at 7:32 a.m. (local time), with its origin point located about 139 km (86.3 miles) east south east of the island of Karpathos in Greece. The magnitude of that earthquake appeared to be 6.0.

Many Israelis across the country reported feeling the tremor, including in Tel Aviv, Yerushalayim, Be’er Sheva and Haifa, among others.

The quake was reportedly also felt in some parts of Egypt.

Cyprus and Greece are both earthquake-prone zones, but strong tremors are not common. The highest recorded in recent years was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in 1996 near Cyprus, but it caused little damage.

Back in January, many Israelis reported feeling a 5.3-magnitude earthquake that occurred in Cyprus, approximately 224 kilometers (140 miles) northwest of Nahariya.