Mini-Earthquake Sets Off Predictions of a Larger One
5 Cheshvan 5768, 17 October 07 01:29
(IsraelNN.com) The Patzael region in the central Jordan Valley, just 20
kilometers north of Jericho, was touched by a small earthquake on Saturday
night, registering 3.0 on the Richter scale. A similar quake occurred in
the same area two months ago.
On Sunday morning, researchers at Tel Aviv University presented a new study
on the timeline of earthquakes throughout history. No precise future
earthquake dates can be extrapolated from the data, but the researchers say one
is on the way - as no major quake has hit the danger area between the Dead Sea
and the Kinneret in centuries.
"It's like the first winter rain," said Dr. Shmuel Marko, who took part in
the study. "The longer the dry summer lasts, the closer the first rain is.
Here, as well: The quiet is worrisome. The longer we go without a large
quake, the more we can expect one."
On the other hand, experts have said
that Israel's earthquakes are in general less frequent than those in other
quake-prone regions such as California, Japan and Turkey.
is located along the Syria-Africa rift, a friction point between two
subterranean plates and is therefore considered
In 1927, some 250 people were killed
in an earthquake that hit Jericho and central Israel. In November 1995, a
6.2 quake caused injuries to several people in Eilat. A minor quake, 5.0 on the
Richter scale, hit Israel in February 2004, shaking buildings in many cities and
even causing damage to the Knesset building. No one was reported
The northern city of Tzfat was hit by two earthquakes in
recent centuries, in 1759 and in 1837. The latter one killed at least
2,000 people, when residents were buried under the ruins of their homes and help
did not arrive for days.