Did They Know?
Earthquake Shakes Israel

By Michael Goodspeed
On July 3rd, 2004, I wrote an article entitled, "Why Is Israel Taking Earthquake Preparedness Measures?" (Link: I speculated that perhaps Israel knew something about potential earthquakes in its region that the rest of the world did not. I asked this question based on two facts:
1) On June 14th, Israel tested a new "earthquake measuring device" by setting off a 28-ton explosion that registered 2.9 on the richter scale. The test was done in the Negev deser near the border with Jordan. Source:
2) On July 1st, 2004, The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles reported that Professor Vladimir Kellis-Borok, a UCLA seismologist who has achieved notoriety in California for his ability to forecast earthquakes, has been actively seeking to provide his services to the Israeli government. The JJOGL writes, "Keilis-Borok is convinced that Israeli seismologists, geophysicists and mathematicians have the Yiddishe kop (Jewish brains) to build on his method and warn their country and the surrounding Arab nations of impending major quakes. He urges his Israeli colleagues to shrei gevalt (scream for help) to persuade their government to fund their work." Link:
This morning, the question I posed may have been asnwered with a "yes." A quake measuring between 4.7 (according to the Ha'aretz News Serivce) and 5.0 (according to the Israel National News) shook Israel this morning, July 7th, with no damage or injuries yet reported. Here is the story
By Haaretz Service
An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale shook parts of Israel late Wednesday afternoon, the country's seismological institute said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
The quake's epicenter was 25 kilometers north of the Dead Sea.
The tremor was felt in Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, and the Jordan Valley, media and witnesses said. Buildings shook for several seconds along Israel's coast, Israel TV said.
The last earthquake felt in Israel was centered in the Jordan Valley on March 6. That quake measured 3.2 on the Richter Scale.
On February 11, an earthquake measuring 5.1 and centered in the Dead Sea area was felt across Israel



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