Fifth earthquake in six days rattles northern Israel

October 22, 2013 ISRAELA small earthquake shook the Sea of Galilee area on Tuesday morning, the fifth such tremor in less than a week. The quake, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, caused no reported damage or injuries. On Sunday, two minor earthquakes, both measuring 3.6 in intensity, were reported in the north, which followed similar quakes on Saturday and Thursday. No injuries have been reported, although some buildings in Tiberias were lightly damaged by the tremors. Last Sunday, a 6.4-magnitude quake, centered in the Mediterranean Sea near Crete, was felt in Athens, Egypt and Israel. And in September, an early-morning 3.5-magnitude quake was felt in the northern Dead Sea area, including in Jerusalem. In response to the string of temblors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a special cabinet meeting Monday to discuss the state’s earthquake preparedness, and, on Sunday, the Home Front Command and emergency services representatives held a meeting to discuss emergency procedures in the case of a more major earthquake. However, seismologist Dov Lakovsky of the Geophysical Institute of Israel told The Times of Israel Sunday that there was no cause for alarm and that the quakes were just “a bit stronger than usual.” Such tremors, he said, “happen all the time.” According to the GII’s statistics, seven earthquakes strong enough to be felt have rattled Israel in 2013. Israel is situated along the Syrian-African rift, a tear in the earth’s crust running the length of the border separating Israel and Jordan, and is part of the Great Rift Valley, which extends from northern Syria to Mozambique. Israel’s last major earthquake rattled the region in 1927 — a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 and injured another 700. An earthquake in 1837 left as many as 5,000 people dead. According to a 2010 Haaretz report, major earthquakes strike Israel once every 80 years or so. The country is currently in the midst of a program to upgrade buildings to withstand earthquakes.   Times of Israel
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6 Responses to Fifth earthquake in six days rattles northern Israel

  1. Wilhelm says:

    Amazing that 5,ooo folks could’ve died back in 1837 in that “land with no people”…

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  2. Brandon says:

    When Christ steps foot on the mount of Olives there will be a shaking like the world has never witnessesed.

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  3. Dennis E. says:

    As a matter of fact, if you look at fault lines in Jerusalem there are several fault lines near the temple mount. Also, there is a fault line on the mount of olives and i can’t remember if that connects with the Syrian-African rift fault or not but I seem to remember that all the major fault lines world wide are connected in some way by links to this point.
    Its been a long time since I looked that that map.

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  4. Irene C says:

    Yet Another Earthquake – This Time in Eilat

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173142#.Umg6pHCsiSp

    Israel’s unusual period of seismic activity continued today (Wednesday), as yet another small earthquake was felt – this time in the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat.

    Although epicenter of the quake, which registered 3.3. on the Richter Scale, was located in the Egyptian town of Taaba, tremors were registered in the Israeli resort city. No damage or injuries occurred.

    This is the seventh such mini-earthquake in a week, and Israel has been abuzz with speculation as to whether such a rare string of tremors could portend a much larger earthquake.

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    • Rusty Brown in Canada says:

      As I understand it, these smaller quakes result from the release of built-up pressures, thus reducing the chance of a “big one”. It’s when there are no such small releases that we have cause for concern over building pressure being released all at once. .

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      • bobby90247 says:

        EXACTLY! AND, is the primary reason for concern here in California. The San Andreas Fault hasn’t had enough smaller quakes (low 7’s) to relieve ANY pressure for almost 200 years at this time (I believe). Therefore, a LARGE ONE is…inevitable! AND, we are talking about 8.5 AND LARGER.

        NOW, with that said, “Downtown” Los Angeles IS about 100 miles from the San Andreas Fault and therefore, will NOT experience the full effects of a Major Quake. Even so, there will be a lot of damage. However, most structures “should” remain standing as Los Angeles County, in general, has been retrofitted with earthquake reinforcing to prevent collapse…MOST! NOT ALL. NO, many of those structures will NOT be rebuilt BUT, will save lives.

        Property Damage will easily be in the 100’s of Billions, if not Trillions of dollars…to say the least. Hopefully, “loss of life” will be…MINIMAL. In the 1994 San Fernando quake, total loss of life was 57 out approx. 1.8 million people residing in the VALLEY!

        That’s RIGHT! I’d rather be here, than any other place in the World, when it comes to surviving a “natural disaster!”

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