A earthquake struck the Gulf of Eilat 70 kilometers south of the city on Thursday afternoon. The earthquake registered 4.5 on the Richter scale and was felt in the early afternoon by Eilat residents, although it did not cause any casualties or damage. This earthquake joins the annals of history of quakes in Israel. In April this year, a quake measured 3 on the Richter scale near to Kfar Hasidim. Three weeks previously a quake hit the north also measuring 3 on the scale. In November 1995, one Israeli died of a heart attack, and 13 people were hospitalized when an earthquake ranging between 5.7 and 7.2 on the Richter scale struck the Red Sea region. That quake affected Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. That tremor, caused by shifts in the tectonic plates of the Syrian-African Rift, was possibly the most powerful earthquake in Israel since 1927, when some 400 people were killed in Jericho.