Netanyahu: An Earthquake Can Hit Israel ‘At Any Moment’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, January 8, 2017
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The Algemeiner reports: JNS.org –  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the launch of a drill this week to improve Israel’s preparedness for major earthquakes.

“I hope there will not be an earthquake in 2017,” Netanyahu said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. “There are enough earthquakes around us in all senses of the word, but we live adjacent to the Syrian-African rift, and an earthquake can hit at any moment.”

Experts have concluded that in an extreme scenario, a massive earthquake in Israel could kill as many as 3,000 people and injure 3,800, while leaving 4,200 trapped and 80,000 displaced. In the same scenario, 7,300 buildings would sustain massive damage and 27,000 would be moderately damaged.

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