Israel could be devastated by earthquake, too

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

With Israel's aid mission to Haiti on its way back home, senior officials are trying to highlight that the Jewish state is not much better prepared to handle a major earthquake than Haiti was.

As many as 200,000 people lost their life in the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12. The poor building standards and the inability of the country's health care infrastructure to handle the massive influx of wounded only made matters worse.

Following his return from Haiti, Avi Shapira, chairman of the National Earthquake Preparedness Committee, reminded the Knesset on Tuesday that Israel sits on one of the largest fault lines in the world (the Syria-Africa Rift) and that it is a certainty that a major earthquake will eventually strike the region.

When that happens, Shapira and other experts estimate that most of the building constructed before 1980 will collapse, leading to major loss of life in Israel.

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