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A strong earthquake could soon rock Lebanon and parts of Israel, authorities said on Monday, urging health officials in northern Israel to make preparations for such an event.
"The probability of an earthquake of a magnitude of up to six on the Richter scale, originating in Lebanon and being felt in Israel has increased," the health ministry said in a letter sent to medical officials in northern Israel.
Since February, abnormal seismic activity has been noted in southern Lebanon, which had suffered some 500 minor earthquakes in a three-month period, health ministry director-general Avi Yisraeli said in the letter.
The general correlation is that an earthquake of magnitude 6 on the Richter scale produces as much energy as a 1 megaton nuclear explosion (1,000,000 tons of TNT). You would not feel an explosion like this on the other side of the planet (Earth or Mars) but it would be detected by seismographs (and seismologists can generally tell the difference between a nuclear explosion and an earthquake).
I wonder if a warning like has ever been issued by Israeli officials before?
Originally posted by gottago
reply to post by burdman30ott6
Actually, there's next to no seismic activity in that region compared to Nevada.
Here's a link to the USGS world earthquake tracking map: it records a full week's activity. You can see nothing at all happens there at any given time.
To me, sounds like a way to test emergency preparedness for the eventuality of an Iranian reprisal.
[edit on 1-7-2008 by gottago]