Minor Earthquake in Yerushalayim, Southeast of Ariel

Aerial view over the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. March 12, 2021. (Photo by Moshe Shai/Flash90)

A minor earthquake struck Israel Tuesday evening, following Monday’s devastating quake in Turkey and Syria, according to the Energy Ministry’s Seismology Division.

The quake, with a magnitude of 3.5, hit at around 11:45 p.m. local time, in Yerushalayim and the area southeast of Ariel, according to Times of Israel. The IDF said that the tremor wasn’t powerful enough to trigger the state’s emergency alert system, as it did not pose a significant risk to civilians.

It has not been confirmed if the quake is an aftershock of Monday’s cataclysmic earthquake, which has left at least 7,000 people dead and scores injured across Turkey and Syria. People in Tel Aviv and Yerushalayim were able to feel Monday’s seismic impact, but there were no injuries or reported property loss.

The Times cites experts who have long warned of Israel’s unpreparedness to deal with severe earthquakes.

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