From the article: A small earthquake shook the Sea of Galilee area on Tuesday morning, the fifth such tremor in less than a week,” noted the Times. “The quake, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, caused no reported damage or injuries
10/22/13. Fifth earthquake in 5 days hits Israel. Bible warns of catastrophic earthquakes in Israel in the “last days.” Joel C. Rosenberg, flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com
“Every 80 years or so, Israel has a major, catastrophic earthquake. So Israelis know they are “due” for a “big one.”
Those who pay attention to Bible prophecy also know that both the Old and New Testament Scriptures describe major earthquakes occurring in Israel in the last days.
Earthquake preparations are on the increase by government agencies and among private companies and such preparations will now accelerate, especially in the wake of five minor earthquakes in Israel in the course of the past five days. Among the steps being taken: a new earthquake alert system is being developed by the government and is expected to be ready in 2016.
“Israel’s last major earthquake rattled the region in 1927″ reports the Times of Israel, was “a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 and injured another 700.” Before that, “an earthquake in 1837 left as many as 5,000 people dead.”
“A small earthquake shook the Sea of Galilee area on Tuesday morning, the fifth such tremor in less than a week,” noted the Times. “The quake, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, caused no reported damage or injuries.”
“On Sunday, two minor earthquakes, both measuring 3.6 in intensity, were reported in the north, which followed similar quakes on Saturday and Thursday,” the Times noted. “No injuries have been reported, although some buildings in Tiberias were lightly damaged by the tremors. Last Sunday, a 6.4-magnitude quake, centered in the Mediterranean Sea near Crete, was felt in Athens, Egypt and Israel….In response to the string of temblors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a special cabinet meeting Monday to discuss the state’s earthquake preparedness, and, on Sunday, the Home Front Command and emergency services representatives held a meeting to discuss emergency procedures in the case of a more major earthquake.”
In Epicenter, I note that Bible prophecy warns of several catastrophic earthquakes that will strike Israel in the “last days.” For example:
“It will come about on that day when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” declares the Lord God, “that My fury will mount up in My anger. In My zeal and in My blazing wrath, I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the creeping things that creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence; the mountains also will be thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground.” (Ezekiel 38:18-20)
- “I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.” (Revelation 6:12-13)
- “Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne saying, ‘It is done.’ And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. The great city [Jerusalem] was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell….” (Revelation 16:17-19)
Editors Note: Here’s another one Joel didn’t post.
“And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.” –Revelation 11:13
10/21/2013. ‘Major Israeli earthquake could cause thousands of deaths’. jpost.com
“Professor Amotz Agnon, a Geology and Geophysics expert working at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, believes a major earthquake in the near future could kill thousands.
Speaking in an interview with Army Radio, Agnon said that a strong earthquake in Israel could “lead to thousands of deaths. From experience, we know that everything depends on the time of day an earthquake occurs. The cities of Safed, Tiberias, Kiryat Shmona, Beit She’an and Eilat, unfortunately, are all built above the Syrian-African fault-line.”
Adding to the problem is the fact that these towns and cities do not seem to have the financial means necessary to address concerning building issues.
National Outline Plan 38 is a plan created to fortify buildings that are not structurally prepared to handle the effects of a powerful earthquake. The plan, which was put together by analysts and planners in 2005, calls for the directing of financial support toward populated areas likely to be affected by an earthquake. Essentially any building contractor who works to bring a building up to code will receive financial benefits provided by the state.
However, Moti Lavi, Tiberias’ lead engineer, believes that the finer workings of plan 38 are not realistic in terms of implementation.
“National Outline Plan 38 is not financially possible to implement in reality – the allowance of an additional two and a half stories to buildings does not make sense economically for an entrepreneur or contractor,” Lavi said in his own interview with Army Radio on Monday.
He added that many dangerous cracks in various buildings were noted by analysts even before the recent rash of tremors.
One bright light is that Dr. Uri Frieslander, general manager of the Israel Geophysical Institute, does not believe that the long-predicted major earthquake is threatening to strike in the near future.
“We cannot say that this event (Sunday’s light earthquakes) will yield something (bigger) in the future. We are watching carefully the results of the seismological map,” he said.
10/21/2013. Expert Warns: Major Earthquake Could Hit Israel Anytime. David Lev, israelnationalnews.com
“According to Dr. Avi Shapiro, chairman of a government panel on earthquakes, such an event is just a matter of time.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Shapiro said that previous experience shows that a big quake often follows numerous small ones that occur close together. With that, he said, that is not always the case, as small quakes can release pressure that had been building up, actually preventing a large quake from occurring.
On Sunday, Israel experienced two earthquakes, raising fears that a significant geological event was in the offing. Sunday’s quakes followed one that occurred early Saturday morning, which was itself preceded by one last Thursday night.
Shapiro said that the government had done a great deal to prepare for a major earthquake, but that more preparation was needed. Many public buildings, including schools, and newer homes and apartment buildings could probably stand the impact of a significant earthquake, but many older buildings needed upgrades to bring them up to modern earthquake codes, he said.
Shapiro also recommended that Israelis educate themselves on the proper procedures on how to deal with earthquakes.”