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Several earthquakes have hit northern Israel

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A view of the Sea of Galilee. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Several earthquakes, including one measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, jolted the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel on Wednesday morning.

Most of the earthquakes, known as a swarm, were small and unnoticeable, but at least one measured in at 4.1 at about 4:50 a.m., according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel. The earthquake was located about 4 kilometres underground.

Many people reported feeling the quake, from nearby areas such as Tiberias, and as far away as Raanana, in central Israel.

Nearly 30 temblors with a magnitude of more than 2.5 have occurred in the area since 1973, with 18 of them since 2000. A similar swarm of earthquakes occurred in 2013, according to the institute.

The Sea of Galilee is located on top of the Dead Sea Fault, also known as the Great Rift Valley, which runs from Africa to Turkey.