5.5 magnitude Quake hits Lebanon, Cyprus and Israel


An earthquake was felt across the eastern Mediterranean region on Friday night, although no casualties or damage was reported.

The United States Geological Survey’s web site said a 5.5 magnitude quake at a depth of 19.8 kilometers (12.3 miles) occurred in the sea between Cyprus and Lebanon at 9:48 p.m. (1848 GMT).

Israeli web sites reported the quake was felt throughout the country and residents of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip also reported a short sharp shudder but there was no initial word of casualties.

CNBC / Reuters