Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority claimed that if a powerful earthquake hits Israel, thousands of Israelis could be killed and thousands more would be left homeless. In addition, the authority said that a powerful earthquake could cause more than 90 million NIS in damages.
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Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority warned the members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee today (Wednesday) that if an earthquake hits Israel, 7,000 people could be killed while 170,000 others would be left homeless. In addition, the authority said that there could be more than 90 million NIS of damages caused. However, the authority reassured the committee that it is preparing for such a scenario.
Head of the National Emergency Management Authority Bezalel Treiber said that according to the estimates, 8,000 people could be injured and about 9,500 people could be trapped under rubble. He added that 98% of those trapped would most likely be rescued or located within a week, mostly by family members, friends and neighbors.
Head of the Readiness of the Home Front Subcommittee MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Camp) said during the discussion that Israel cannot wait until after a tragedy to search for solutions and a budget. Peretz added that the recent earthquakes in Italy serve as a reminder that the country needs to prepare for such a natural disaster.
“We cannot rely on luck or heavenly mercy,” Peretz said. “We must do what is required. Israel is at high risk for an earthquake that could have deadly results. In Israel, super tankers arrive after the fires and solutions are provided after the incident but we as this committee should ensure that all the organizations involved work constantly at all times.”