Defense Ministry Announces Emergency Earthquake Convention

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By Yona Schnitzer.. “I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe— I Hashem do all these things.” Isaiah 45:7. In light of recent recurring tremors in Israel’s northern region, the Defense Ministry is to hold a special emergency convention on Wednesday (July 11, 2018), aimed at determining the readiness of Israel’s emergency services in the event of a large-scale natural disaster. [Photo top right: View of damage caused to houses in the city of Tiberias and the Kinneret, the Sea of Galilea, in northern Israel, after earthquakes shook the area, on July 9, 2018. The area has suffered several earthquakes in the past two weeks and most buildings are not made to survive such natural disasters. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90].  On Sunday (July 8, 2018), the tenth tremor in just under a week shook the area around the Sea of Galilee, raising fears that a large-scale earthquake may be looming around the corner. Israel is located on a rift between two tectonic plates, making the country prone to earthquakes, and a large-scale earthquake typically hits the region once a century. In 1927, a 6.2 magnitude quake epicentered in the Dead Sea caused serious damage and destruction in Jerusalem, Nablus, Jericho and Tiberius. In 1837, a devastating 7 magnitude earthquake shook the Galilee, destroying Tzfat and causing major damage in Tiberias.

In 2004, State Comptroller Eliezer Goldberg said the state’s lack of earthquake preparedness left the country in serious danger of extensive damage and loss of life in the event of a significant earthquake. In an report to the Knesset, Goldberg predicted that in the event of an earthquake with a magnitude greater than 6.0, no fewer than 16,000 Israelis would be killed, 90,000 more injured, and 377,000 being displaced.

This past week’s tremors served as a reminder to Israeli authorities that such a disaster may very well be approaching. Read the full story.



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