Seven Mild Earthquakes Hit Israel

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 Date Posted: 2010-11-16 15:22:31

Northern residents shook off seven mild earthquakes between Sunday and Tuesday while heavy fog shut down Ben Gurion airport, stranding thousands of travelers.

One earthquake in the Galilee before dawn Tuesday morning measured 3.6 on the Richter scale and did not cause any injuries or damage.

Mild tremors are not uncommon in Israel, which is situated over the sensitive Syrian-African fault, but it is unusual that's so many are reported within the space of two days. The first tremor struck Sunday evening in the Upper Galilee, measuring 2.7 on Thursday Richter scale.

Unusually heavy fog closed down Ben Gurion Airport for several hours Monday night Tuesday morning, stranding thousands of travelers trying top leave while incoming passengers found themselves landing in Turkey, Jordan, Cyprus and Greece.

The fog cleared before noon and operations slowly returned to normal.

Official said that the airport does not have the same equipment that is used in other international airports, where heavy fog is much more common than in Israel.

Elsewhere in the country, isolated thunderstorms brought down a bit of rain in the Judean Desert, but the rain was not significant as Israel continues to suffers from a another dry year. No precipitation is in sight at least until early next week.

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