earthquake in holy land

Unusual 4.1 Earthquake Causes Some Shaking in the Holy Lands

A rarely experienced moderate earthquake was felt in Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday at 11:52 a.m. local time. The 4.1 magnitude temblor struck at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles and was centered out in the Mediterranean Sea, 44 miles northwest of Tel Aviv, Israel, and 77 miles northwest of Jerusalem, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
According to the website, "felt it" reports from this earthquake came in from locations such as Haifa and Netanya. Those who gave reports stated that they felt shaking and swaying for about 10 seconds. There were no reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake.
While earthquakes in the Dead Sea region do occur, they are unusual. Israel is part of a geological region that is riddled with faults. The Dead Sea region and the Middle East are located in what is known as the Great Rift -- one of the longest rifts in the world. A rift is a location where plates have pulled apart and created fault zones and fissures in the Earth's crust.
The Great Rift stretches about 3,000 miles in length, starting in northern Syria and ending in the area of Mozambique in eastern Africa.
The Dead Sea Rift, which is also sometimes referred to as the Jordan Rift Valley, runs through the today's Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories in the Dead Sea Region which is the same region as the Great Rift.
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