Series of earthquakes shakes northern Israel

( A 3.3-magnitude earthquake rattled the Sea of Galilee region in northern Israel on Tuesday morning, Israel Hayom reported. It was the fifth earthquake to strike northern Israel in one week.

Two 3.6-magnitude earthquakes struck the northern Israeli city of Tiberias on Sunday, just four hours apart. The Geophysical Institute of Israel said that the epicenter of the earthquakes was on the northeast side of the Sea of Galilee. The tremors were felt most strongly in Tiberias, Hazor, Safed, and the village of Majar.

While no injuries or damage were reported as a result of the earthquakes, their proximity to two previous tremors that rattled the same area last week has sparked concern among residents of northern Israel. But Dr. Uri Frieslander, director of the Geophysical Institute of Israel, said the earthquakes do not “indicate anything about the future.”

“We can’t rule out a stronger earthquake, but it is certainly possible that these small quakes will not lead to anything. Small quakes have preceded a strong earthquake in the past, but in the same vein, there were incidents in which that did not happen,” Frieslander said, according to Israel Hayom.

Posted on October 21, 2013 .