Epicenter of tremor in southern Sinai; no immediate reports of injuries or damage
By Times of Israel staff June 27, 2015, 6:56 pm
Israelis participate in a earthquake drill at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on June 20, 2013. (Flash90)
A mild earthquake was felt in several areas across Israel and Egypt late Saturday afternoon.
According to the American Geological Survey, the quake measured 5.2 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) southeast of the beach-side town of Nuweiba in the Sinai.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, police said.
The tremor was felt in the Gush Dan area in central Israel, Jerusalem, the Negev area and Eilat. In Egypt, the quake shook buildings more than 200 miles away from the epicenter in the capital, Cairo.
In the Red Sea town of Dahab, 68 kilometers (42 miles) south of the epicenter , the tremor shook loose clouds of dust that enveloped nearby mountains, according to a witness. The quake appeared to startle local residents and tourists. It also shook the nearby Gaza strip.
Israel is situated along the Syrian-African rift, a tear in the earth’s crust running the length of the border separating Israel and Jordan, and is part of the Great Rift Valley, which extends from northern Syria to Mozambique.
The last major earthquake to hit the region was in 1927 — a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 and injured another 700.
At the Return of Christ Israel and the Middle East will be shaken by an Earthquake the size of which the world has never before seen. This Earthquake will shall all the Earth so that "every creature on the earth will shake at the presence of Crhist" Ezekiel 38:20.
This Earthquake will leave all major cities around the world completely destroyed. This will begin what the Bible describles as the "and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation" upon the earth. Daniel 12:1.
But for True Bible Students this will be a time of great rejoicing as the evil of this present world will be brought to an abrupt end and the Kingdom of God under the divine rule of Christ shall commence.