Four earthquakes were recorded around the globe, including three major shakers in the last 48 hours. A minor earthquake hit eastern Israel Friday morning one day after a deadly quake hit Japan.
The Geophysical Institute of Israel reported the quake, too small to be measured in numbers on the Richter Scale,hit the Dead Sea area and the city of Arad at approximately 7 am.
An earthquake last July measured 4.4 on the Richter scale and was felt all over Israel. The Syrian-African Rift runs along the Jordan valley and is part of the larger Great Rift Valley, which extends from northern Syria to Mozambique.
In 1927, a 6.2-magnitude quake killed 500 people and injured 700. Experts have warned that a large earthquake could strike Israel in the near future. The government has begun funding projects for buildings to be bolstered against tremors.
Thursday evening, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Southern Japan, killing nine and injuring more than 850 others. 44,000 people were evacuated from the town of Mashiki. Aftershocks are expected.
Yesterday’s quake in Japan was followed by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of the southern Philippines.
A 6 magnitude earthquake also hit yesterday off the coast of the Pacific island of Vanuatu, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
A powerful 6.9 Richter quake hit Myanmar on Wednesday night but, miraculously, no deaths were reported.
A 6.6 earthquake hit northwestern Pakistan near Afghanistan five days ago on April 10.
On April 8, there was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake in Nepal.
Yesterday’s quakes bring the total to nine across Asia in a period of just over three and a half months.
Seismologists say the Himalayan region is overdue for a geologic event stronger than the 7.9 Richter earthquake that hit Nepal last year.
People of faith may see this string of earthquakes as a sign of divine wrath. In the Bible, the name “elokim’ signifies God’s aspect that is expressed in nature.
Source: Israel in the News