The Defense Ministry has called a major summit of emergency services and local municipalities to review the country’s readiness for dealing with a possible major earthquake following a series of minor quakes in the north and centre of the country over the past few days.
On Monday evening another quake measuring 4.5 – the largest in the series – was felt in northern Israel near Kinneret. On Sunday four minor earthquakes were felt in northern Israel, measuring between 3.1 and 3.3 on the Richter scale. A series of quakes measuring 3.4 to 4.33 on the Richter scale were first felt last Wednesday and then again on Thursday and Saturday.
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The discussions will involve representatives from the National Emergency Management Authority, the army’s Home Front Command, police, firefighters, the Magen David Adom ambulance service and municipal authorities, Hadashot television news reported on Monday.
The aim is to review events of the past week and prepare for any future developments.
The last major earthquake to hit the region was in 1927 — a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 people and injured another 700.
Experts have warned a large earthquake could strike Israel in the near future, and the government is funding projects for the strengthening of public buildings against tremors.
Video shows trembling from earthquake in Israel short time ago. pic.twitter.com/cUMpVcdpJx
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