Fifth earthquake in 5 days hits Israel. Bible warns of catastrophic earthquakes in Israel in the “last days.”

Israeli seismographs records 5th earthquake in five days. (photo credit: Alon Ron)

Israeli seismographs records 5th earthquake in five days. (photo credit: Alon Ron)

Every 80 years or so, Israel has a major, catastrophic earthquake. So Israelis know they are “due” for a “big one.”

Those who pay attention to Bible prophecy also know that both the Old and New Testament Scriptures describe major earthquakes occurring in Israel in the last days.

Earthquake preparations are on the increase by government agencies and among private companies and such preparations will now accelerate, especially in the wake of five minor earthquakes in Israel in the course of the past five days. Among the steps being taken: a new earthquake alert system is being developed by the government and is expected to be ready in 2016.

“Israel’s last major earthquake rattled the region in 1927″ reports the Times of Israel, was “a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 and injured another 700.” Before that, “an earthquake in 1837 left as many as 5,000 people dead.”

“A small earthquake shook the Sea of Galilee area on Tuesday morning, the fifth such tremor in less than a week,” noted the Times. “The quake, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, caused no reported damage or injuries.”

“On Sunday, two minor earthquakes, both measuring 3.6 in intensity, were reported in the north, which followed similar quakes on Saturday and Thursday,” the Times noted. “No injuries have been reported, although some buildings in Tiberias were lightly damaged by the tremors. Last Sunday, a 6.4-magnitude quake, centered in the Mediterranean Sea near Crete, was felt in Athens, Egypt and Israel….In response to the string of temblors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a special cabinet meeting Monday to discuss the state’s earthquake preparedness, and, on Sunday, the Home Front Command and emergency services representatives held a meeting to discuss emergency procedures in the case of a more major earthquake.”

In Epicenter, I note that Bible prophecy warns of several catastrophic earthquakes that will strike Israel in the “last days.” For example:

  • “It will come about on that day when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” declares the Lord God, “that My fury will mount up in My anger. In My zeal and in My blazing wrath, I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the creeping things that creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence; the mountains also will be thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground.” (Ezekiel 38:18-20)
  • “I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.” (Revelation 6:12-13)
  • “Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne saying, ‘It is done.’ And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. The great city [Jerusalem] was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell….” (Revelation 16:17-19)

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Epicenter: Israel hit by four earthquakes in four days. “An earthquake in Israel is more dangerous than war.”

“Officials from the IDF Home Front Command and the emergency services held a status meeting Sunday night to discuss the readiness of the Israeli home front, following a fourth earthquake in northern Israel in just four days,” reports the Times of Israel. “The meeting was held at the Ministry of Home Front Defense at the behest of Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud), and was attended by representatives of Israel’s paramedic, firefighting and police services, and of the Defense, Health and Education ministries.”

Excerpts:

  • The officials decided to continue monitoring the situation while increasing home front readiness for natural disasters, Army Radio reported.
  • For the second time Sunday, a minor earthquake shook northern Israel around 4 p.m., the fourth of its kind since Thursday. 
  • No injuries or damage were reported, but Tiberias residents told Ynet that they felt the 3.6-magnitude quake. The first quake Sunday also registered 3.6 on the Richter scale quake. Both epicenters were near Kibbutz Ginosar, on the Sea of Galilee. 
  • Similarly powerful quakes rattled the north early Saturday morning and Thursday. Last Sunday, a 6.4-magnitude quake, centered in the Mediterranean Sea near Crete, was felt in Athens, Egypt and Israel. In September, an early-morning 3.5-magnitude quake was felt in the northern Dead Sea area, including in Jerusalem.
  • Israel held a massive Home Front drill last October, codenamed Turning Point 6, which was aimed at raising the preparedness of citizens, local authorities, and emergency services for dealing with natural disasters.
  • The exercise exposed significant shortcomings in Israel’s ability to respond to natural and man-made disasters, particularly in the lack of coordination between the army, the police and emergency services.
  • One of the greatest challenges to Israel’s preparedness is the fact that the majority of buildings in the areas likely to be hit by earthquakes were built before the first Gulf War in 1990, and have not been properly reinforced to withstand earthquakes.
  • Should Israel, in fact, face an earthquake emergency, it would be necessary to receive a great deal of assistance from around the world in handling the damage and injuries, Channel 2 reported at the time.
  • “An earthquake in Israel is more dangerous than war,” the then-chief of the Home Front Command warned.

In the non-fiction book, Epicenter, I note that Bible prophecy warns of several catastrophic earthquakes that will strike Israel in the “last days.”


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Seven Tips for Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquakes are a common occurrence in Southern California and other parts of the world.  In fact, they are so common most folks ride them out with out any second thoughts of the potential dangers involved.  It’s been a while since a devastating earthquake hit our region. In this article, I will be discussing 7 tips for earthquake preparedness as recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Association.

The latest earthquake storm in August 2012, 100 miles east of San Diego in the Imperial County, left most people on edge.  There were over 300 quakes in a short amount of time.  Most were small but two quakes were over 5.0 that broke windows and knocked homes off their foundations.  Earthquakes are a serious threat and should not be taken lightly.

Seven Tips for Earthquake preparedness

  1. Hazardous checks:  Your home may contain many hazards that may bring potential harm to you and your family.  The key is to identify these hazards and secure them if you can; for instance, unsecured TV sets, unstrapped water heaters are very common in most households.  For large heavy breakable objects, I highly recommend using a quake hold putty or gel to secure those items in place.  Identify those hazards and take action to secure them.  I have listed some emergency essentials to help you.

2.  Home Integrity:  How is the structural integrity of your home.  Is the foundation solid and do you feel safe in your home if an earthquake happens?  These are important questions to ask yourself.  I highly recommend hiring a home inspector to help you find weaknesses in your home and/or contact your landlord if you are a renter.

Common things to check for:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Masonry
  • Unbraced Walls
  • Two Story Buildings

3.  Electric, Gas & Water Shutoff: Everyone in your family should learn how to shut off the electricity, Gas & Water.  During emergencies it is important to shut these items off as quickly as possible.  This will avoid the danger of fires and floods.  Also, make certain you have easy access to any tools you will need to shut these valves. I highly recommend purchasing an emergency valve shut off wrench.  I have listed some below for your convenience.

4.  Assemble a 72 hour kit:  Assemble a 72 Hour Kit to provide emergency essentials such as food, water, tools, first-aid kit, flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, cash, extra medications, whistles, fire extinguisher and emergency blankets.  Having an 72 hour kit will reduce the impact of an earthquake.  Also, make sure you have a list of emergency contacts.  Include numbers of doctors, relatives, schools etc…  Another important element to have on hand is a generator with extra gas.  I have listed some resources below.

5.  Make an Emergency Plan:  When disasters strike you should already have a plan in place.  This includes safe hiding spaces in your house, how to evacuate and where to re-unite, location of emergency supplies and the locations of your disaster kits.  Responsibilities of each family member should be included as part of your emergency preparedness plan.  Great resources are listed below:

6. Rehearse your Disaster Plan: Your plan will be no good if it’s not rehearsed, so practice your entire plan.  Knowing where to go and what to do is key to survival in any disaster situation.  For earthquakes, it is important to know where safe areas are such as sturdy tables or desks, so you can go to them without thinking.  Know your homes danger spots and inform your family to stay clear of those areas.  I highly recommend you learn CPR and First Aid from your local Red Cross or other community organization.  Drop Cover and Hold On…!

7. The Most Important Thing is to Help Others:  In addition to preparing your family for emergencies, make a mental note of your neighbors who may require assistance, such as the elderly and/or those with special needs.  When your family is safe, it is important to help those who can’t help themselves.  This is the right thing to do and as a society we need to pull together.  Additionally, if have PETS make sure they are included in your disaster preparedness plans.

Don’t delay, planning for emergencies will help your family survive when disaster strikes. The experts have yet to perfect the technology to predict earthquakes.  When the ground starts rumbling you and your family will be ready if you follow these simple tips.  I have compiled a list of resources below for your convenience.

 

How to be Prepared

 

 

 

 

 

By Rodney Butler