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4.2 earthquake hits Lebanese coast: center

Byblos port, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir )

BEIRUT: An earthquake registering 4.2 on the Richter scale hit five kilometers north of Jbeil on the Lebanese coast Sunday, the National Center for Geophysical Research said.

In a statement, the center said the earthquake struck at 3:23 p.m.

“It is just a regular earthquake that we are used to witnessing every year in Lebanon,” a spokesperson from the center told The Daily Star.

“There is nothing to worry about at the moment,” he added.

Speaking to The Daily Star, residents of Beirut and Jbeil confirmed that they had felt the earthquake.

The incident which happens occasionally in the country has dominated social media, with the hashtag #earthquake on Twitter trending topic in Lebanon.

While some Lebanese Twitter users warned of an aftershock, others joked about people tweeting before taking cover.

"Back in the days, the first thing I'd do during an #earthquake was take cover. Today, I run to #twitter. How lovely #Tokyo to #Beirut," Marina Chamma tweeted.

The earthquake, measuring fairly low on the Richter scale, has had no reported casualties, yet some Twitter users still expressed worry, with this tongue-in-cheek tweet from Lea Mehanna: "I don't wanna die in my purple monkey pajamas #earthquake."

 

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