Israeli experts continue to warn that a major earthquake will hit in the near future, even as locals accuse the government of doing too little to prepare for such an event.
But the Israeli authorities have implemented one major precaution: a new earthquake early warning system that should provide locals with precious extra seconds to seek safety.
The system has been dubbed “Truaa” which is Hebrew for a loud sound or blasting noise, usually in order to raise an alarm, and most often in Biblical times by use of a trumpet.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, was known in Biblical times as Yom Truaa (or Yom Teruah), the Day of the Trumpet Blast.
The word occurs repeatedly in Scripture, perhaps most memorably in Joel 2:1, which reads:
Blow a trumpet (tiqu shofar) in Zion, and sound an alarm (hari’u – from the same root as trua’a) in my holy mountain…
Truaa of course can’t predict earthquakes before they happen, but unless one is standing at the epicenter it should provide just enough time to either take cover or exit unstable buildings.
The following video is a brief demonstration of Truaa offered by Israeli officials earlier this week: