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Mild tremor shakes Lebanon

  • The European Mediterranean Seismological Center said the epicenter of the 4.0-magnitude earthquake was at sea, 47 km southwest of Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

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.

 
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