An earthquake rattled south Lebanon causing some panic among local residents, but no damage or casualties were reported. The Lebanese Bhannes Center for Seismic and Scientific Research says Friday’s earthquake registered up to 4.3 on the Richter scale and was centered in an area around 17 kilometers east of the southern port city of Tyre.

The Bhannes Center added that the quake’s epicenter was in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The earthquake caused panic among civilians in south Lebanon. Some people left their homes and went into the streets after the jolt, which started at around 2:10 p.m. Beirut time and lasted a few seconds.

The quake was also felt by residents in the capital Beirut and parts of Mount Lebanon.

South Lebanon has often been rattled by earthquakes in the past couple of years.

Last year, the inhabitants of the southern villages of Srifa were forced to remain in tents for several weeks after repetitive quakes shook their small village.

Friday’s jolt was also felt in northern Israel.

Israeli media said the residents of Haifa reported feeling the earth shake for several seconds.

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