At least 10 injured as quake rocks Lebanon and Jordan - Update
Posted on : 2008-02-15 | Author : DPA
News Category : Middle East

Beirut/Amman - An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale rocked Lebanon on Friday, injuring 10 people and sending panicked residents onto the streets east of the southern port city of Tyre. Buildings in Beirut shook and the quake was also felt along the border with Israel and caused damage in a number of villages in southern Lebanon.

Residents ran toward the seashore after the tremor struck in the southern coastal area of Baas, a local resident told Deutsche Presse- Agentur dpa.

An earthquake measuring 5.3 degrees on the Richter scale also hit northern Jordan at 12.36 local time (10.36 GMT), a Jordanian expert said.

The tremor had a depth of 13 kilometres and epicentre north of Tiperias, the head of Jordan's Seismic Centre Darwish Jasser said.

"The quake, which lasted for about five seconds, was felt in Jordan by people in West Amman and the cities of Irbid, Ajloun and Zarqa," he added.

Lebanon's National Centre for Scientific Research said the quake had an intensity of 5.0 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre located 17 kilometres of Tyre, adding that 10 people were slightly injured.

"We expect another quake of similar magnitude or stronger in the next 24 hours," said centre director Mouin Hamzeh. The tremor hit at around 1030 GMT, he added.

"The tremor caused deep cracks in roads and some balconies collapsed in several abandoned homes," the resident added.

Local television stations said some villages in southern Lebanon experienced power cuts. Some cars were damaged in the streets as a result of falling stones.

Israeli media reports said the quake was also felt in the central part of the country and in the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

Two days ago, a tremor measuring about 4.0 on the Richter scale struck Lebanon and was also felt in Israel.

The largest earthquake of modern times struck Lebanon in 1956, killing 136 people, destroying 6,000 buildings and damaged 1,700 more. It destroyed a big part of the old city of Saida (Sidon).

In 1759, an earthquake completely destroyed Beirut and Damascus, killing 40,000.
Original article: Earth Times
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