There have been previous earthquake warnings in Israel and Haaretz reports today again that a major earthquake may hit Israel at any tine. Read the full report here.
Dr. Avi Shapira, the chairman of the inter-ministry steering committee for earthquake preparedness, asserts that a strong earthquake can be expected here within the next 50 years. That is, it could happen today, tomorrow, 10 minutes from now, or 10 years from now. A powerful quake in Israel is therefore not a question of “if,” but rather a question of “when.”
The last deadly earthquake struck the Land of Israel in July 1927, damaging Jericho, Nablus, Ramle, Jerusalem and many rural locales. In January 1837, a strong earthquake occurred in the Galilee, and killed thousands of people in Safed and Tiberias. In Safed alone the number was estimated at 2,400.
The earthquake that took place during the last year of King Uzziah was still remembered some 400 years later (Zech. 14.5).