(The last two big earthquakes in Israel took place 90 years apart. Will the next big earthquake be in 2017, or before then?)
Seven light earthquakes hit Israel over course of two days
Seven light earthquakes were felt the Upper Galilee over the course of two days, measuring between 2.9 and 3.6 on the Richter scale.
Israel's last destructive earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale, occurred in 1927. Its epicenter was the Dead Sea, and its effects were felt in Jerusalem, Nablus, Jericho, Ramle and Tiberias, resulting in 500 deaths and injuries to 700. An earthquake in 1837 killed 5,000 people. According to the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius, in 31 B.C.E., 30,000 people lost their lives in an earthquake.
On average, a destructive earthquake takes place in Israel once every 80 years, causing serious casualties and damage.
The main concern in Israel is that an earthquake would strike during hours when public buildings are populated.
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