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December 6, 2016 / 6 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

4.4-Magnitude Earthquake in Dahab Shook Up Eilat

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Dahab in the Sinai Peninsula Tuesday evening was felt as far north as the Israeli resort city of Eilat, at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea.

No physical injuries were reported in either community.

The epicenter of the earthquake was marked eight kilometers west-northwest of Dahab, at a depth of 14.2 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Eilat is located 126 kilometers (78 miles) north-northeast of Dahab.

Four major tectonic plates (Arabia, Eurasia, India and Africa, as well as one smaller tectonic block (Anatolia) are responsible for the seismicity and tectonics in the Middle East region, according to the USGS.

Less than two weeks ago (Nov. 20), a 3.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Lebanon at around 1:30 am local time, also rocked residents in northern Israel as well.

The epicenter of that temblor was marked around 10 kilometers east of Tzur (Tyre) and west of Metulla.

Hana Levi Julian

Cooling System Temporarily Stops at Fukushima Daini Nuclear Plant After Quake

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The water system used to cool the fuel rods in the Number 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant temporarily stopped functioning Tuesday in the wake of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that hit the Fukushima prefecture early morning off Honshu, Japan. NHK Japanese public broadcaster reported the malfunction about an hour after the temblor struck.

Even if a nuclear plant is shut down, it is essential for the cooling systems to continue to function in order to keep the spent fuel in a cooled state.

The cooling system was later was restored and the reactor temperature was under control, NHK reported.

Tsunami waves of 1.4 meters were also observed along the Fukushima coast, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told people to “remain alert,” the New Zealand Herald reported. According to the Center, there was still a chance of fluctuations in sea levels along some coasts.

The public was urged by NHK to evacuate “immediately” to higher ground after the earthquake struck at 5:59 am local time, on the orders of the Japan Meteorological Agency, which also immediately issued a tsunami warning.

The agency said at the time that a tsunami wave of one to three meters (3-10 feet) was possible after a 60-centimeter tsunami wave was spotted about 20 kilometers offshore from the southern port city of Iwaki.

Tsunami waves ranging in height from 30 cm to 1.4 meters were seen along the coast of the Fukushima prefecture, according to the New Zealand Herald.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the magnitude of Tuesday’s earthquake registered at 6.9 on the Richter scale, and struck 37 kilometers (23 miles) off Japan’s east coast at a depth of 11.4 kilometers (7 miles).

In any case, Japanese officials were taking no chances.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Fukushima Prefecture, and was followed by a mammoth tsunami that triggered a meltdown in three out of six reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.

Israel was one of the first nations allowed by Japan to assist in the aftermath of the March 2011 disaster. The IDF and other Israeli first responder aid specialists sent teams to Fukushima to provide medical and other assistance as needed.

The March 2011 Fukushima disaster was the largest nuclear incident to take place since the April 1986 Chernobyl accident, and the second to measure Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Hana Levi Julian

Lebanon Earthquake Felt in Tsfat

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

A minor earthquake in Lebanon which measured 3.6 on the Richter scale was felt by residents of Tsfat and the Galil in Israel overnight.

The earthquake happened at 1:37 AM around its epicenter was around 10 kilometers east of Tzur (Tyre) and west of Metula (Metulla).

On the Israeli chat boards it set off a series of jokes about spillovers from Lebanon, Hezbollah tunnel digging, and Cholent.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Offers Aid After New Earthquake Rocks Italy

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Israel has offered assistance to Italy after another earthquake struck on Sunday morning near the central walled village of Norcia.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in opening remarks to the weekly cabinet meeting that Israel “is ready and willing to send assistance to the best of our ability… We are ready to help our Italian friends. We also appreciate the strong and clear statement we heard from Italy on many issues that are important to us. The State of Israel welcomes the President of Italy who arrived here yesterday,” he added.

The temblor, even stronger than last week’s quake, registered 6.6 on the Richter Scale and was felt in the capital, Rome, and as far north as Venice. The tremors were at a depth of only 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles).

Information on the earthquake that hit central Italy, six miles from Norcia.

Information on the earthquake that hit central Italy, six miles from Norcia.

Numerous buildings were destroyed, including the ancient Basilica of St. Benedict, which collapsed into rubble.

At least 11 people were injured but no deaths have been reported, according to the BBC, who said “Many locals left after last week’s quakes.”

Israel is also monitoring a tsunami warning that was issued by Italy for the Mediterranean Sea following the quake.

The warning was issued to all environmental agencies in the region. However, Israeli officials said they don’t believe a tsunami is likely to follow the latest temblor.

Hana Levi Julian

In Case of Tsunami

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

A sign along the beach in Ashkelon pointing out where to run to in case there is a tsunami.

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Earthquake Rattles Eilat

Monday, May 16th, 2016

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale rattled Eilat on Monday morning at around 4:30 AM.

The epicenter was around 100 miles south of Eilat in the Sinai.

Tremors were felt in Eilat and the Negev.

There were no injuries or damage.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Nepalese Mark Anniversary of Devastating 2015 Earthquake

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Diplomats, government officials and citizens gathered Sunday in sadness at a pile of remains from the once-proud Dharahara Tower in Kathmanda to mark the first anniversary of last year’s deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The event comes just two days after Jews in Kathmandu celebrated the miracle of survival and escape from slavery at a festive seder on the first night of Passover.

Nine thousand people died in the massive earthquake and its aftershocks; even more were injured; it took days to rescue the wounded among the hills and valleys high in the Himalayas. In Kathmandu, 132 people died in the collapse of the iconic Dharahara tower on April 25.

Israeli rescue planes were on their way by the time a second earthquake – measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale – struck the country, killing 2,000 people.

United Hatzalah, ZAKA and IsraeLife as well as other agencies were among those who joined the IDF in the rescue effort.

Approximately 400 Israelis were in Nepal at the time of the disaster; many elected to stay and help in the rescue efforts. The earthquake was the worst to hit the country in 80 years.

Hana Levi Julian

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