4.2 earthquake hits Mediterranean cities

Published February 22nd, 2023 - 08:36 GMT

ALBAWABA - A 4.2-magnitude earthquake rattled different areas in Lebanon and the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories early Wednesday.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the tremor struck the eastern Mediterranean off the southern coast of Lebanon at 6:01 GMT.

According to EMSC, the earthquake lasted for 10 seconds, but was felt by some residents in southern Lebanon, in particular Chouf and Sidon, as well as some residents of the capital Beirut, the northern part of the West Bank and Galilee in Israel.

There were no immediate reports on casualties or material loss.

On Monday, two earthquakes measuring 6.4 and 5.8 on the Richter scale hit Turkey and Syria and were said to have been felt in 10 neighboring countries, including Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. 

Several aftershocks are recorded almost daily since a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria on Feb. 6, killing more than 47,000 people in both countries and rendering more than 1 million homeless.

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