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Experts Warn: Major Earthquake Could Hit Israel Any Time

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Last Sunday, Israel experienced two earthquakes, raising fears that a significant geological event could occur. Sunday’s quakes followed two others, one on Saturday morning and another on Thursday evening. Although they were all minor in scope, some experts warn that a major earthquake may hit the region in the near future, capable of inflicting fatalities and significant property damage.

Professor Amotz Agnon, a geology and geophysics expert working at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, explained that a strong earthquake in Israel could “lead to thousands of deaths. From experience, we know that everything depends on the time of day an earthquake occurs. The cities of Safed, Tiberias, Kiryat Shmona, Beit She’an and Eilat, unfortunately, are all built above the Syrian-African fault-line.”

Dr. Avi Shapiro, chairman of the government panel on earthquakes, also believes that such an earthquake is only a matter of time. According to Shapiro, consecutive small earthquakes similar to the recent geological activity in Israel may represent the prequel to one gigantic earthquake. Shapiro cautioned that this is not inevitable, however, since small earthquakes can also relieve pressure, thereby preventing larger earthquakes.

While more preparation is needed, Shapiro maintains that the government has prepared for major earthquakes. Structurally, many public buildings, including schools, and newer homes and apartment buildings can probably withstand a significant earthquake. On the other hand, older buildings in Israel require upgrades to comply with modern earthquake codes. Shapiro also recommended that Israelis educate themselves regarding proper earthquake procedures.

With regard to the imminence of a major earthquake, other experts disagree with Agnon and Shapiro. Dr. Uri Frieslander, general manager of the Israel Geophysical Institute, does not believe that the long-predicted major earthquake will strike any time in the near future. “We cannot say that this event will yield something in the future. We are watching carefully the results of the seismological map,” he said. “There were similar cases in the past in which a number of earthquakes clustered around the same time and place, among other cases in Lebanon and the Gilboa. The truth is we don’t know what this recent string means.”

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5,000 Housing Unit Lots for Sale Across Israel

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The Ministry of Housing and Construction and the Israel Land Authority have announced that land will be market across the country for 5,000 housing units.  The Housing Ministry said it hopes to bring the total number of new housing units this year to 35,000, as it did in 2010 and 2011.

New lands on the market include lots for 2,3000 apartments in Haifa and its suburbs, 30 in the Druze town of Dalyat al-Carmel, 96 in Yokneam, 1,150 in Afula, Rosh Pina, Katzrin, and Kiryat Shmona, as well as property in Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi, and Beit Shemesh.

Earthquake in northern Israel

Monday, December 5th, 2011

As residents of northern Israel were turning in for the night, a 3.8 magnitude earthquake originating at the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) jolted them awake on Sunday.

 

The Geophysical Institute of Israel reported that the short and mild earthquake, which was felt by residents of Metula, Tiberius, Acco, Nahariya and Kiryat Shmona, began around the area of the Sea of Galilee and Hula valley.  No damage or injuries have been reported.

 

This is not the first time the North has been affected by earthquakes – or even the first time this year.  Mild earthquakes also hit the country in August and April, causing no damage or injuries.  However, major earthquakes taking place in northern Israel in 1759 and 1837 were catastrophic, killing thousands of people and twice razing the city of Tzfat.

 

In July, chairman of the National Economic Council Professor Eugene Kendal told Israel Army Radio that Israel is not financially prepared for the next large earthquake.

 

In March, a report by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss predicted that a 7.5 “worst-case scenario” earthquake in northern Israel could “cause 16,000 deaths, 6,000 seriously injured, 83,000 lightly injured, 377,000 evacuated from their homes,” breaks in sewage pipes and the National Water Carrier, electric outages, and the partial collapse of two overpasses near Haifa.

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