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  • To prepare for major quake, Los Angeles proposes retrofitting older buildings

    December 9, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed on Monday that the city retrofit thousands of older buildings and bolster the water and communications systems to prepare for a possible major temblor along the San Andreas Fault.

    The proposals marked the first major earthquake-preparation...

  • Lessons in earthquake preparedness

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    If Los Angeles’ Jewish day schools are prepared for a major earthquake, they have the accreditation requirements of BJE-Builders of Jewish Education, an umbrella organization for local Jewish education, in large part to thank.

    BJE helps schools develop earthquake safety measures...

  • What Will You Do When The Big One Hits?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 15, 2014 | 12:30 am

    Anyone who has lived in California for any period of time knows it’s only a matter of time before a large earthquake, colloquially known as “The Big One” hits us here on the left coast. Although only some of us actually have an “earthquake kit,” we all know we ought to have extra...

  • Fifth earthquake in a week strikes Israel

    October 22, 2013 | 9:42 am

    A minor earthquake struck northern Israel, the fifth in a week.

    Tuesday morning’s temblor, which measured 3.3 on the Richter scale and was centered just northwest of the Sea of Galilee, was felt from Tiberias up to the Golan Heights.

    It came a day after Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Minor earthquake rocks Jerusalem

    September 12, 2013 | 11:53 am

    A minor earthquake rocked Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

    The temblor measured 3.5 on the Richter scale and was felt in Jerusalem and on the northern edge of the Dead Sea on Thursday morning, according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel.

    The epicenter of the quake was located north of the Dead Sea. It also was felt in some areas of central Israel.

    An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale shook Eilat in June.

  • Be a Rescuer – Not a Bystander

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 15, 2013 | 8:00 am

    The Big One is coming. We Californians know it. We don’t know how big it will be, when it will hit, or where the epicenter will be, but we know another big earthquake will happen in our state. When it does, each of us will fall into one of three categories: Victim, rescuer, or...

  • Quake hits near Iran’s nuclear city Bushehr, 30 dead

    April 9, 2013 | 11:02 am

    A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 30 people and injuring 800 as it devastated small villages, state media reported.

    The 6.3 magnitude quake totally destroyed one village, a Red Crescent official told the Iranian Students'...

  • Rhodes quake shakes Israel

    July 9, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    An earthquake that originated in Rhodes was felt throughout Israel.

    The 5.7-magnitude earthquake reportedly was felt in both the north and south of Israel, as well as in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

    In May, Israel felt a 5.3-magnitude temblor that originated near Cyprus.

    A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Israel in April 2011.

  • Italian Jewish community to raise money to cover earthquake damage

    June 18, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    The Italian Jewish community launched a campaign to raise money for synagogues and other Jewish properties that were damaged in earthquakes that struck northern Italy last month.

    “The Jewish communities in the towns, along with their members, were affected by the occurrences,”...

  • Jewish celebration in Rome canceled to honor earthquake victims

    June 4, 2012 | 10:13 am

    Roman Jews canceled an outdoor celebration at Rome’s main synagogue to honor the national day of mourning for the victims of last month’s earthquakes in northern Italy.

    Quakes in the Emiglia-Romagna region on May 20 and May 30 killed at least 24 people, left thousands homeless...

  • Israel plans for quake aid to Palestinians

    May 15, 2012 | 4:15 pm

    Israel said on Tuesday it had set up a mechanism to get aid to the Palestinians in the event of a major earthquake.

    A 5.5-magnitude quake rattled Israel and the occupied West Bank on Friday, reminding residents of their vulnerability to the Syria-African Rift, a northern extension...

  • Minor earthquake strikes northern Israel

    December 5, 2011 | 11:20 am

    A 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook northern Israel.

    The epicenter of the temblor, which struck late Sunday night, was in Tiberias and the Hula Valley region.

    The quake was felt in the Golan Heights, the Galilee and further south, according to reports. No injuries or damage were reported.

    It was the third earthquake to strike Israel since April. 

    Parts of Israel, including the Hula Valley, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, the Arava Desert and the Red Sea, lie on the north-to-south Syrian-African fault line.

  • Turkey’s FM: Tension with Israel won’t change over aid

    October 27, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    Diplomatic tension between Turkey and Israel will continue despite Israeli earthquake aid to the stricken country, Turkey’s foreign minister said.

    Ahmet Davutoglu told the Turkish news service Today’s Zaman that “political conditions remain,” and Ankara will not change its...

  • Netanyahu offers quake aid to Turkey

    October 24, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to offer condolences for those killed in a devastating earthquake and said the Jewish state was ready to help, officials of both countries said.

    Relations between Israel and Turkey have...

  • Turkey quake kills at least 279, hundreds missing [UPDATE]

    October 24, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    [UPDATE: 10:43 a.m.]

    Rescuers searched the rubble of collapsed buildings Monday for survivors and victims of a major earthquake that killed at least 279 people and injured more than 1,300 in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

    Rescue and relief efforts focused on the city of Van and...

  • Turkey rejects earthquake aid offers, including Israel’s

    October 24, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Turkey has rejected all international aid, including an Israeli offer, in the wake of a strong earthquake that collapsed buildings and left hundreds dead.

    Sunday’s temblor, which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and was centered in southeastern Turkey, was felt in central Tel Aviv,...

  • More than 100 dead, hundreds missing after Turkey earthquake [UPDATE]

    October 23, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    [UPDATE: 5:22 p.m.]

    More than 100 people were confirmed killed and hundreds more feared dead on Sunday when a powerful earthquake hit southeast Turkey, flattening buildings and leaving survivors crying for help from under the rubble.

    As a cold night fell, survivors and emergency...

  • Turkey: no call yet for foreign aid after quake

    October 23, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    Turkey has not yet made any call for international assistance after Sunday’s powerful earthquake in which many people were feared killed, a Foreign Ministry official said.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Turkey had received offers of assistance from dozens of...

  • Ehud Barak says Turkey declined Israeli aid offer

    October 23, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday Ankara has declined aid offered by the Jewish state after an earthquake struck southeast Turkey.

    “I am under the impression the Turks do not want our help,” Barak told Channel 2 News.

    “Right now (their answer) is negative but if...

  • Israel prepares earthquake aid for Turkey

    October 23, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    Israel has offered to send aid to Turkey following a strong earthquake that has collapsed buildings and reportedly left hundreds dead.

    The scope of the aid in response to the earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey early Sunday will depend on Turkey’s willingness to accept it,...

  • Earthquake-damaged New Zealand shul renting for Rosh Hashanah

    September 23, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    The small Jewish community in the earthquake-ravaged New Zealand city of Christchurch will celebrate Rosh Hashanah in a rental property because the city’s only synagogue has not yet been repaired.

    The congregation would now be “lucky if repair works can start in 12 months’...

  • Magnitude 4.2 earthquake shakes Los Angeles region

    September 1, 2011 | 4:26 pm

    A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook the Los Angeles region on Thursday, but no damage was reported from the minor temblor, officials said.

    The earthquake at 1:47 p.m. local time (4:47 p.m. EDT/2047 GMT) was centered near the suburban community of Newhall, and it was felt in downtown Los Angeles nearly 30 miles (50 km) to the southeast, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

    There were no immediate reports of damage in Los Angeles, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Karen Rayner said.

  • National Cathedral, damaged in quake, will hold services in shul

    August 26, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    After their building took a battering from Tuesday’s earthquake, parishioners from Washington National Cathedral will instead worship in a Washington synagogue.

    Due to earthquake damage, the church canceled services, including a Saturday dedication event for the new Martin Luther...

  • Jews shaken by strong East Coast earthquake

    August 23, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Jewish centers and synagogues were evacuated as a result of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that was felt throughout the East Coast, the Forward reports.

    Staffers at synagogues in Washington D.C. and Richmond, Va., the city closest to the epicenter, tried to calm one another’s...

  • 5.9 magnitude earthquake rattles U.S. East Coast, no deaths reported

    August 23, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    A strong earthquake struck the U.S. East Coast and was felt as far away as Canada on Tuesday, shaking buildings in many cities, delaying flights and trains and sending thousands of frightened workers into the streets.

    There were no reports of major damage or injuries from the 5.9...

  • 78 Million Reasons to Love the People of Japan

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2011 | 12:30 am

    In a world of chaos, it is hard to look at the recent news stories in London, Israel, or the Sudan, and not feel sadness for humanity.  Human beings are more alike than we are different, and that we are able to so easily hate and hurt each other weighs heavy on my heart.  My life is...

  • Earthquake felt in Israel

    August 8, 2011 | 12:28 am

    A small earthquake was felt in Israel, mainly on the coastal plain.

    The epicenter of the earthquake, which stuck just moments before noon Sunday, was located in the Mediterranean Sea, about 44 miles northwest of Tel Aviv and 49 miles west-southwest of Haifa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

    The temblor, which measured 4.1, was felt from the lower Galilee to Raanana and along the coastal plain. No damage or injuries were reported.

    In April, an earthquake centered near Crete measuring 6.0 was felt throughout Israel.

  • Months later, Jewish groups and Israel are helping a tsunami-devastated Japan

    May 23, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    In northeastern Japan, the area hardest hit by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a team of Israeli post-trauma experts guided local teachers and officials through their lingering pain.

    One kindergarten teacher broke down in tears as she related how another teacher saw...

  • Memorial to be built for Israeli New Zealand quake victims

    April 12, 2011 | 10:26 am

    A memorial will be built in memory of the three Israelis killed in the recent earthquake in New Zealand.

    Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Monday in Christchurch that Israel would pay for the memorial to backpackers Gabi Ingel, Ofer Levi and Ofer Mizrachi, who were among the more...

  • Israeli military aid delegation to Japan returns home

    April 12, 2011 | 10:23 am

    The Israel Defense Forces’ aid delegation to Japan returned home, leaving medical equipment behind for local doctors to use.

    The delegation, which brought 62 tons of medical supplies and 18 tons of humanitarian aid to the city of Minami-Sanriko, hard hit by the earthquake and...

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