A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook up southern Israel on Saturday afternoon. No damage or injuries were reported.
The light tremor was felt in Ashdod, Be’er Sheva and Eilat. According to The Geophysical Insitute of Israel, the epicenter of the quake was north of the city of Nuweiba in the Sinai Peninsula.
In May last year, a 4.1 magnitude quake struck southern Israel, and was was felt across the country. The earthquake’s center was in the Dead Sea Rift, a system of faults prone to earthquakes, and the source of most of the powerful quakes to have struck the country.
That earthquake was the first of its magnitude in that segment of the Rift in recent years.
In January last year, a magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck north of Lake Kinneret, also injuring no one and causing no damage.