City reviews earthquake plans

The city's emergency branch has estimated that a large quake would kill 900 people instantly, injure 6,400 severely, and create 20,000 refugees.

December 16, 2007 08:53
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The recent wave of earth tremors in Israel has sent officials scurrying to take a second look at Tel Aviv's preparedness for a severe earthquake, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. A major aspect of the city's plans is the creation of special teams authorized to assist professional rescue workers in treating injured and trapped people and evacuating residents from dangerous buildings. According to the report, the city's emergency branch has estimated that a large quake would kill 900 people instantly, injure 6,400 severely, and create 20,000 refugees. The age of many Tel Aviv buildings is a concern, with the emergency branch expecting 350 to collapse during a quake, a further 750 to be severely damaged and a further 1,000 to be moderately damaged, but still evacuated. In addition, 10 percent of food chains would be damaged, causing instant shortages, especially of baby foods; 5% of residents would be cut off from running water, 10% of homes would be flooded with sewage, and 10% of health services would be damaged. According to the plan, each special team sent to treat injured and trapped residents would be headed by seven firefighters and rescuers and would comprise a total of 50 people. A number of municipal workers who have been authorized to be part of the teams have recently undergone special training courses in search and rescue methods.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

JERUSALEM: RESETTLED upon its desolation
December 19, 2010
Vying for control of the Temple Mount – on Foursquare