- Over the last several weeks, the Israeli government has
seemed particularly concerned about the threat of large scale earthquakes.
- 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
- 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,
is 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."
- While earthquakes are not rare in the area, the last
major one to strike in 1927, near Jericho in the West Bank, measuring 6.3
on the richter scale. The quake killed more than 200 people.
- It is perhaps worth noting that another country to be
taking earthquake preparedness measures is Delhi, which announced on June
20th its plan to draw up "earthquake vulnerability maps." Link:
- It is also worth noting that earthquakes around the globe
have made news headlines numerous times over the last 3 weeks. A list of
the most significant activity
- June 12th, 2004, Russia: 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Link:
- June 14th, 2004, Mexico City: 5.8 magnitude earthquake.
- June 15th, 2004, Chile: 6.1 magnitude earthquake. Link:
- June 15th, 2004, San Dieo: 5.2 magnitude earthquake.
- June 21st, 2004 Japan: 5.1 magnitude earthquake. Link:
- June 27 th, 2004, Alaska: 6.7 magnitude earthquake. Link:
- June 27th, 2004, Chicago, IL: 4.5 magnitude earthquake.
- June 25th-June 30th, Lakeview, OR, was struck with a
total of 15 earthquakes, 6 of which were strong enough to be listed as
"felt." The strongest quake was a 4.4 which struck on June 30th.
- July 1st, 2004, Turkey: 5.1 magnitide earthquake struck
remote villages in eastern Turkey, killing 18 and injuring 27.
- July 2nd, 2004, Philippines: 4.1 magnitude earthquake.
- Additionally, as pointed out by a reader of the Surfing
the Apocalypse website, media in Iran reported that on June 29th, 2004,
a quaked measured at 6.2 by the National Earthquake Information Center
in Denver, CO, killed over 25 people, and injured 400. Later estimates
by the USGS put the quake at only 4.8. Link: http://www.surfingtheapocalypse.net/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=5486
- Looking at this recent seismic activity, one can only
wonder if Israel is now taking extra earthquake preparedness measures...because
they know something we do not.