Beirut Earthquake: Residents report tremors on social media
The minor earthquake was felt in Mount Lebanon and Beirut on Wednesday at 4:25 p.m. local time, Naharnet reports. According to Bhannes National Center for Geophysical Research, the epicenter was in Mount Lebanon.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the quake measured 4.0 on the Richter scale.
I think #Beirut just had an earthquake. For about 6-8 seconds. My desk shook.— Elana (@ElanaGulf) June 29, 2016
Some social media users were unsure whether they felt the ground move, or if it was all in their head.
Earthquake in Beirut... didn't know that was possible, thought the IT guys were shaking the table— Maria Sebas (@MariaSebas5) June 29, 2016
Others, however, claimed it was strong.
Some even posted evidence of the ‘damage’ caused.
Scientists in Lebanon believe it’s only a matter of time before the country suffers a major earthquake due to its location along the Mount Lebanon Thrust Fold and the Yamouneh faults, which they believe could trigger a 7.5 magnitude quake.
Authorities in Beirut have been criticized in recent years for what's seen as a lack of preparedness for such an eventuality although the government has been working with the United Nations Development Programme to devise a disaster management plan.