From the article: Erdan said that a major earthquake could result in up to 7,000 Israelis losing their lives, with tens of thousands wounded, and as many as 200,000 requiring some kind of assistance.”
10/23/13. Yet Another Earthquake – This Time in Eilat. Ari Soffer, israelnationalnews
“Israel’s unusual period of seismic activity continued today (Wednesday), as yet another small earthquake was felt – this time in the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat.
Although epicenter of the quake, which registered 3.3. on the Richter Scale, was located in the Egyptian town of Taaba, tremors were registered in the Israeli resort city. No damage or injuries occurred.
This is the seventh such mini-earthquake in a week, and Israel has been abuzz with speculation as to whether such a rare string of tremors could portend a much larger earthquake.
On Monday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered emergency earthquake drills in schools throughout the country, and Shas MK Eli Yishai, who heads the parliamentary committee charged with home front preparedness, announced a “special meeting in wake of the wave of earthquakes.”
But in a recent interview with Arutz Sheva Dr. Efraim Laor, who was the chairman of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Dealing with Earthquakes, maintained that there was no need for panic.
Laor claimed that the chance of a meaningful earthquake has not changed after the series of quakes, which – until today’s quake – were centered in the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.
Nevertheless, Laor urged Israelis to take every precaution, as the possibility of an upcoming major earthquake could not be ruled out.
Scientists at the Israel Geophysical Institute have said they were examining the quakes, searching for patterns and clues that could indicate if the sudden confluence of small earthquakes could indicate that something bigger was imminent.
The last notable earthquake in Israel, a 4.2 magnitude tremor, occurred in August 2011.
In 1927, about 300 people were killed when a quake hit Jerusalem and nearby Jericho.
A similar quake in 1837 measuring 7.0 and with an epicentre in northern Israel’s Hula Valley, devastated the town of Tzfat (Safed), and killed some 4,000 people.”
“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.” -Rev 11:13
10/23/13. Home Front Minister: ‘7,000 Could be Killed in a Major Earthquake’. Adam Ross, israelnationalnews.com
“Home Front Minister MK Gilad Erdan (Likud) told the Knesset Wednesday that the threat of a major earthquake required all parties in Israel to remain ready for every eventuality.
Erdan said that a major earthquake could result in up to 7,000 Israelis losing their lives, with tens of thousands wounded, and as many as 200,000 requiring some kind of assistance.
Following six earthquakes in the last week in the north, he said the ministry was aware of the threats to the public and had already planned many training exercises to simulate disaster scenarios, as well as giving courses and distributing information to public institutions.
He added that in two weeks’ time, Ben-Gurion airport and the major sea port of Ashdod would take part in an exercise testing their ability to receive large quantities of international assistance the country would need in the event of a major natural disaster.
Moving on to the issue of housing, the minister said that although many public buildings had been strengthened to prevent collapse in the event of a powerful earthquake, “many more buildings needed attention.” He also said that he had met with the prime minister to discuss the issue and had asked the finance ministry to increase incentives for contractors to ensure more buildings were re-enforced.
Erdan said a public information campaign on the subject had been stepped up a few days ago and that particular attention had been made to make sure all of the country’s emergency services have access to satellite phones, to ensure they could coordinate activities in event of a major disaster knocking out the usual means of communication.”