(Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz ) Four earthquakes were recorded around the globe, including three major shakers in the last 48 hours. A minor earthquake hit eastern Israel Friday morning one day after a deadly quake hit Japan. The Geophysical Institute of Israel reported that the quake, too small to be measured in numbers on the Richter Scale, hit the Dead Sea area and the city of Arad at approximately 7 am.

An earthquake last July measured 4.4 on the Richter scale and was felt all over Israel. Israel is prone to earthquakes generated by the Syrian-African Rift, which runs along the Jordan valley and is part of the larger Great Rift Valley, extending from northern Syria to Mozambique. In 1927, a 6.2-magnitude quake generated by that rift killed 500 people and injured 700. Experts have warned that a large earthquake could strike Israel in the near future. The government has begun funding projects for buildings to be bolstered against tremors. FULL REPORT