JORDAN: JSO OBSERVES 11 MINOR EARTHQUAKES IN 8 HOURS

A total of 11 light earthquakes struck Lake Tiberias to the north of the country, in the last eight hours, the Jordan Seismological Observatory (JSO) announced on Thursday.

The JSO Director Mahmoud Qariouti said the first earthquake took place at around 10:45pm Wednesday and measured 4.7 on the Richter scale, while the last one occurred on Thursday at 7:00am with 2.6 magnitude.

Qaryouti noted that all the earthquakes, centered in Lake Tiberias, some 50 km north west of Irbid city and were registered at a depth of 12 km, adding that residents in many parts of the country felt some of these tremors.

The strongest earthquake observed by the JSO since Wednesday dawn and until Thursday morning, took place at 10:45pm Wednesday measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, felt by residents of some areas in the capital Amman, Sahab, Zarqa and Rusaifah, he further said.

In November, 1995, Aqaba was struck by a strong earthquake that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale.

Seismic activities occur in different parts of the Kingdom, mainly in the Jordan Rift Valley area which extends from northern Jordan down to the Dead Sea and is part of the Great Rift Valley that stretches from the Taurus Mountains of Turkey down to the Zambezi Valley in southern Africa.

Source: NAM News Network