Members12 Quakes in 6 Days

People living in northern Israel in the vicinity of the Sea of Galilee were panicked during the first half of July when no fewer than 12 earthquakes struck the region in just six days.

By Aviel Schneider |
Tiberias
Photo: Photo: David Cohen / Flash90

There were no casualties, but local residents express growing concerns, especially in Tiberias where many of the buildings were built decades ago and not according to modern earthquake safety codes. It is feared that the relatively light tremors with strengths of 3 to 4.5 are but the forerunners of a major quake. The government has responded with new initiatives to reinforce buildings, but it might be too late.

The region has historically been hit by a severe earthquake about every 100 years. This is not surprising, given that the Jordan River in eastern Israel is...

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