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Israel To Simulate Earthquake - Affects Cyprus

In the wake of a small earthquake that occurred today off the coast of Limassol, Israel is to simulate an earthquake on Thursday, said the country's Seismological Division today.

Israel will explode 80 tons of explosive material which will simulate the intensity of a tremor after an earthquake of Magnitude 3,said a report by IsraelNN.com.

The experiment is financed by the US Defense Department and is part of a scientific project intended to improve seisomological and acoustic readings in Israel. Scientists will then be able to fine-tune Israel's seisomological equipment to give advance warning of earthquakes.

Measurements will also be taken in other countries including Cyprus, Greece, France and Germany.

"We are aware of the test because we have a cooperation with Israel. We won't be abe to detect the earthquake because the explosion will be 700km away," said Kyriakos Solomis of the Cyprus Geological Survey Department.

The simulation could trigger an earthquake of Magnitude 5 or 6 if the rock stresses are up to their limit, he said.

"This could be the final straw on the camel's back, but we would not feel it in Cyprus," added Mr. Solomis.

Today, Cyprus authorities said an earthquake of Magnitude 4.5 happened near Limassol at 9.28am, with no damage or injuries reported.

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