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12/18/2007

Experts warn major Israel quakes fast approaching

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Experts warn major Israel quakes fast approaching - As if political instability and rampant insecurity in the Middle East are not worrying enough, Israeli experts are warning that a major earthquake could strike the region at any time. Three minor quakes over the past month have served as a reminder that Israel and the West Bank sit atop one of the most sensitive fault lines in the world, where earthquakes have a history of causing havoc. "We can say with certainty that an earthquake of a magnitude of six on the Richter scale could take place in the coming years." The Lod institute, part of the infrastructure ministry, is on standby day and night to brief the Israeli authorities within 10 minutes on the epicentre and magnitude of a powerful tremor in order to mobilise an emergency response. The Israeli home front command publishes extensive advice on how to behave in the event of an earthquake on its website, urging families to prepare emergency supplies to survive for 24 to 72 hours until help arrives. All new homes built in Israel are equipped with bomb shelters and the civil defence advises that those without should crouch inside a doorway or under a heavy table in the event of an earthquake.
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