Israel – 1,500 Schools Under High Risk In Case Of Earthquake


    File: Medical staff of the Rambam hospital attend earthquake exercise in Haifa, 22 October 2012. EPA/OLIVER WEIKENIsrael – School buildings will have to be rebuilt because of the risk that they would collapse if there was an earthquake, National Steering Committee for Earthquake Preparedness chairman Dr. Avi Shapira said Monday.

    “We know for sure that there will be an earthquake and tsunami in Israel, the only question is when,” Shapira said at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee for Home Front Preparedness called in light of recent earthquakes.

    According to Shapira, there are 1500 schools at risk and two in Tzfat will have to be evacuated immediately and rebuilt. There are 100,000 buildings in Israel that do not meet the standards for earthquake preparedness.

    “Progress was recently made on the government’s preparation for earthquakes, but we are still behind in areas that are the citizens’ responsibility, not just the governments’,” Shapira added.

    Home Front Preparedness Ministry Director-General Dan Ronen pointed out that there is no one office responsible for preparations and crisis management in case of an earthquake or tsunami.

    Public Security Ministry Deputy Director-General Eliezer Rosenbaum described a bureaucratic problem. The ministry is responsible for dealing with earthquakes when they happen; however, they do not have the authority to help prepare for them.

    “I’m not sure we’ll be able to respond to something that we were not responsible to prepare for,” Rosenbaum said.

    Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post

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      • A tsunami is caused by seismic activity under the ocean. Often there are tsunamis when there is an earthquake near or just off the shore, which is a real possibility in Israel.

    1. Trouble is those who predict don’t put their faith in Hashem. Ein od milvado – there is no one and nothing besides G-d running things from on high. Everything else is meaningless. Unfortunately the people who think they’re running the Holy Land are looking everywhere for the signs but to the Source.

    2. It is the same people who talk about prepareness that cause it, don’t fight G-D so he will protect you, 50,000 charedim in the army cannot protect one deadly chemical attack, let them rather serve G-D so he will protect us that no attack should happen, and no deadly earthquakes and tsunamis should happen.


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