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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

California Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Quake

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

A 6.0-strong earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area wide awake Sunday morning.

At least 89 people were sent to the hospital and Governor Jerry Brown decided to declare a state of emergency.

The epicenter of the temblor was located about nine miles south of Napa wine country, at about 3:20 am Pacific Time, within 44 miles of the San Andreas fault system between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. It lasted about 10 to 20 seconds, depending on where along the state the quake was measured.

Residents were shaken as far south as Santa Cruz, and into the Sonoma Valley. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an aftershock measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale occurred at 5:47 am Pacific Time, at a depth of about five miles.

Four mobile homes in the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park ignited and burned to the ground. Two others were damaged, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. Elsewhere homes were in disarray, and buildings were partially crumbled. A hospital building itself was damaged, and there were concerns over gas and water main leaks and breaks. Power outages were reported in several counties and bridges were examined minutely for damage as well. Only one overpass in Vallejo on California 37 heading towards American Canyon was found damaged.

Last week the Piraeus, a ZIM Integrated Shipping Services vessel, was blocked blocked from unloading at the Port of Oakland in San Francisco Bay by ‘Free Gaza’ protesters from the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement.

The anti-Israel activists prevented dock workers from doing their jobs for several days, forcing the vessel to circle in the Pacific Ocean until police officers finally blocked the protesters and enabled the process to take place. A similar pro-jihadi effort to “block the boat” failed further up the coast.

Hana Levi Julian

Minor Earthquake Rocks Jerusalem

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

A minor earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale rocked Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Thursday morning and was felt in Jerusalem and on the northern edge of the Dead Sea.

The Geophysical Institute of Israel said the epicenter of the quake was located north of the Dead Sea. The temblor also was felt in some areas of central Israel.

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale shook Eilat in June.


Earthquake Damages Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Facility

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

One or more earthquakes have damaged Iran’s Bushehr nuclear facility, causing cracks several yards long, according to an Associated Press report based on information picked up by several countries monitoring Iran’s nuclear program.

Diplomats told the Associated Press that at least one concrete section of the facility sustained long cracks but not in the vicinity of the reactor core. However, other damage cannot be ruled out since the information that was available was very limited.

The earthquakes occurred in April.

The Bushehr plant began operation 19 months ago but has been plagued by technical problems.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in February and May that Iran had informed that the site was shut down temporarily, without any explanations. One of the quakes was registered at 7.7 on the Richter scale, and Iran claims the Bushehr site can withstand a quake of 8.0 on the scale.

Damage to the nuclear reactor could cause a massive catastrophe not only in Iran but also in nearby Kuwait and other Arab countries.

Tehran maintained several weeks ago that the quakes did not damage the Bushehr plant, but government reports are totally unreliable.

Iran is located on massive areas of seismic fault lines and experiences an earthquake of various magnitudes almost every day.

Iran has not signed the nuclear safety convention, precluding any authority for the IAEA to inspect its nuclear sites for safety.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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