Sunday, January 08, 2006

Earhtquake felt in Israel


An earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked Greece Sunday and was felt in many parts of Israel and Egypt as well.

Director General of the Geophysical Institute of Israel Dr. Uri Frieslander said the earthquake hit the Greek island of Crete at 1:36 p.m.

"The institute received many calls by residents who felt the quake, mainly along the coast," he said

Ynet readers from the northern city of Haifa all the way to Beer Sheva in the south reported they felt the ground tremble.

“I am located in a tall building on the eighth floor,” Effie Bauman of Beer Sheva said. “I felt the building move; it wasn’t anything major, but everything shook. I asked the neighbors, and they all said they felt it too.”

Eli Karko of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, said he was on the computer at the time of the quake when his chair, as well as his house moved.

"I stopped what I was doing, I was in shock," he said. "I went into the living room and my mother said she had also felt it. We live on the third floor. They are also writing that there's going to be another earthquake, and here it is."

Rinat from Bnei Brak also felt the tremors.

"I work on the third floor. I suddenly felt the table move and I felt dizzy, this is how I felt the last time it happened," she said.

Israel has seen a number of earthquakes this past year, the strongest of which occurred in February and registered 5.1 on the Richter scale.