Richter Scale, earthquake quake hand graph 311 (R).
(photo credit: Pichi Chuang / Reuters)
A 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck in Israel’s North on Tuesday morning, the
fifth tremor to hit the area in the last week.
No injuries or damage were
reported in the earthquakes.
In light of the recent rash of earthquakes
to hit the North, the IDF on Monday sent out a statement, calling on citizens to
refresh their knowledge of earthquake procedure.
According to the Home
Front Command instructions, citizens should attempt to abandon any structure in
favor of an open outdoor area in the event of an earthquake, particularly if
they are in a one-story building, or on the ground floor of a multiple-floored
If exiting the structure is not possible, Home Front Command
instructs citizens to enter the building’s bomb shelter with the door remaining
If the building does not have a bomb shelter, it is safest to enter
the stairwell, advancing toward the exit as much as is possible.
who are found at the beach during an earthquake are instructed to leave
immediately to avoid a possible tsunami.
Citizens are instructed to stay
at least 1 km. from the beach, or if that is not possible, to ascend to at least
the fourth floor of a nearby building.
It is advised to stay away from
the beach for approximately 12 hours after an earthquake.
Agnon, a geology and geophysics expert working at Hebrew University in
Jerusalem, believes a major earthquake in the near future could kill
Speaking in an interview with Army Radio, Agnon said 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 faultline.”
Adding to the problem
is the fact that these towns and cities do not seem to have the financial means
necessary to address concerning building issues.
The Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense subcommittee for Home Front Preparedness is to hold a
meeting next Monday, following the wave of earthquakes.
chairman Eli Yishai said the earthquakes “require a thorough examination of the
country and the Home Front’s readiness for any scenario that could occur as a
result of earthquakes. We cannot ignore this phenomenon.”
that the subcommittee will point out shortcomings in the way the government
deals with the issue and demand they be fixed.