Fourth earthquake jolts Israel in two-week period; no casualties|
Last update - 12:18 02/12/2007
By Haaretz Service and The Associated Press
fourth earthquake in two weeks shook parts of Israel on Sunday, causing no
casualties or damage.
Israel's Geophysical Institute stated that
the tremor, which was felt in Holon and Jerusalem, had a magnitude of 4.0.
on the Richter Scale. Its epicenter was north of the Dead Sea, the lowest
point on earth, on the active Syrian-African rift fault line where
earthquakes are common.
"On average, major earthquakes hit Israel
once a century. But the recent tremors do not indicate that a large-scale
quake is on the way," said Dr. Uri Frieslander, director of the
"What we're seeing are typical movements
along the Dead Sea valley," Frieslander told Israel Radio.
quakes...don't foreshadow anything or indicate that something is about to
happen," he said.
None of the recent quakes have caused injuries or
damage. But in the past, earthquakes have caused serious damage to Safed,
Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Nablus, and have damaged holy sites,
including the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third-holiest site, and the Church
of the Holy Sepulcher, sacred to many Christians as the site of Jesus'
crucifixion and burial.
The last major earthquake to strike the
area was in 1927. It had a magnitude of more than 6 and killed 500 people.
Israeli experts say that because of population growth and high-rise
construction, an earthquake of the same magnitude today would kill more
than 18,000 people.
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Original article: Ha'aretz
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