Fears and concerns about an imminent major earthquake have taken over the headlines in Israel in recent times. The 3.2 earthquake that hit northern Israel in the evening of Monday July 9, 2018, was the fifth earthquake in two days, bringing the number of tremors in the area over two weeks to more than 40!
Each tremor was a gentle but firm reminder of what experts predict is inevitable: a major, potentially devastating earthquake. The frustration of the experts is that government has been rather slow to act on the recommendations that could minimize casualties from the expected big quake.
“Apparently it will unfortunately take a mid-sized quake with 100-200 casualties to make this country wake up and seriously prepare,” Col. Itzik Bar from the IDF’s Home Front Command lamented to the press. He put expected casualties from a major quake at 7,000 dead and 200,000 homeless.
Scientists say thousands could die because Israel, which sits on a major fault line, has ignored warnings to strengthen homes and schools. According to geologist Ariel Heimann, “The threat of an earthquake, is in my eyes, the greatest threat facing the state of Israel. It is definitely a greater threat than the Qassam [rockets] fired from Gaza, and it is a far greater danger than the Iranian threat.”
Ephraim Leor, an expert on mass casualty disasters, was concerned about children being particularly vulnerable in major earthquakes. “In Haiti 38,000 children died, in China more than 10,000 children were among the 120,000 killed, in Pakistan it was 17,000 among 83,000 dead — do people understand this?” he moaned. “We could lose an entire generation between the ages of 6 and 18.”
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman responded to the concerns with the announcement of a new multi-year plan to protect Israel from earthquakes that he says will offer more protection to people in the event of a major earthquake.
According to the World Health Organization, Northern Israel and areas around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea are at high risk of a quake measuring five to 5.9 on the Richter scale. The Syrian-African rift on which Israel sits, is a tear in the earth’s crust running the length of the border separating Israel and Jordan, and is part of the Great Rift Valley, which extends from northern Syria to Mozambique. The last major earthquake to hit the region, a 6.2-magnitude tremor in 1927 killed 500 people and injured another 700. All the experts are warning that another major quake is due!
According to the Bible, a devastating earthquake will accompany the landing of the Lord’s feet on the Mount of Olives, at His second return!
“Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” (Zec 14:3-4).
Might all these tremors be the earth’s trembling at the discerned approaching presence of the King of Kings? See Psalm 114:7!
[News stories culled from The Times of Israel.]