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Members of the Knesset Honor Guard, Home Front Command, Firefighters, IDF, Israel Police and Israel's Magen David Adom Emergency Medical Services participate in an emergency drill simulating an earthquake at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2017

Earthquakes that rocked Israel’s northern Galilee region on Wednesday and Thursday this week were serious enough to cause structural damage to a school building in the area.

The Education Ministry told media that a high school building sustained structural damage in the Lower Galilee Regional Council district due to the temblors.


At least four earthquakes, including one aftershock, rattled the northern part of the country over a period of less than 24 hours this week, with the quakes ranging in strength from between 4.1 to 4.7 magnitude on the Richter scale.

The quakes struck an area southwest of Tiberias, just north of Kafr Kama at a depth of five kilometers. There were no reports of physical injuries.

On Thursday, a 3.2-magnitude tremor was felt, also with the epicenter near the city of Tiberias, according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel.

“No fewer than four major tectonic plates (Arabia, Eurasia, India, and Africa) and one smaller tectonic block (Anatolia) are responsible for seismicity and tectonics in the Middle East and surrounding region,” according to the website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.