BEIRUT: A mild tremor shook several areas in Lebanon, including the capital, Beirut, early Sunday, residents said.
The European Mediterranean Seismological Center said the epicenter of the 4.0-magnitude earthquake was at sea, 47 km southwest of Beirut.
There was no immediate word of damage or casualties in Lebanon.
Lebanon is criss-crossed by numerous fault lines, and the last major earthquake is estimated to have killed 40,000 people in 1759. Experts say that Lebanon can expect major earthquakes every 250-300 years.
In A.D. 551, Beirut was largely destroyed by a major earthquake, estimated as a 7.6-magnitude, which also spawned a tsunami that caused widespread devastation along the eastern Mediterranean.