By Stan Goodenough
Israel is located in an area of intense and ongoing seismic activity, and needs to be ready to cope in the event of an earthquake - possibly a catastrophic one.
According to a report carried on Israel National News (INN) Thursday, Israel Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai warned of the danger that could strike 'more unexpectedly than the Yom Kippur War of 1973.'
It was essential that local authorities be as prepared as possible to meet the needs of disaster victims - both military and natural - for a number of days.
Vilnai toured northern communities including Akko, Safed and Tiberias.
According to INN, increased seismic activity in Israel's north last year led the government to begin preparing for the possibility of a major earthquake.
The Knesset (Israel's parliament) annually debates and discusses the state of Israel's readiness for a major temblor.
"Statistically" the country is due for a serious quake at any time.
Dep. Min. Warns of Earthquake - Arutz Sheva
N. Israel Earthquake Preparedness Exercise - Yeshiva World News
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