- On July 3rd, 2004, I wrote an article entitled, "Why
Is Israel Taking Earthquake Preparedness Measures?" (Link: http://www.rense.com/general54/quakes.htm)
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: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/
- 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."
- 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
- 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