Earthquakes

רעידות אדמה

The list below includes earthquakes measuring 5 or more on the Richter scale that struck Israel. The Dead Sea rift is an area of active geological faults along a border of tectonic plates that experiences latitudinal movement of 105 km.

Geological, archeological, and historical evidence shows that very strong earthquakes occurred in the region over the past millenniums.  

 

 


 

 

Date

Event

Location

Financial damage (NIS millions)

Source

Feb. 11, 2004

5.2 Richter

Dead Sea basin

 

Israel Geophysical Institute

Nov. 22, 1995

6.2 Richter lasting 210 mins., epicenter in Nueiba, Sinai. Extensive damage in Eilat: cracks in roads, over 250 homes damaged, power cuts and explosions in water pipes

Southern Israel

Tens of millions of NIS in damage to hotels

Israel Geophysical Institute

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מקורות Hebrew sources

Aug. 24, 1984

5.3 Richter

Carmel

 

Israel Geophysical Institute

Apr. 23, 1979

5 Richter

Dead Sea basin

 

Israel Geophysical Institute

Oct. 8, 1970

5 Richter

Dead Sea basin

 

Israel Geophysical Institute

Dec. 18, 1956

5.5 Richter

Dead Sea basin

 

Israel Geophysical Institute

Feb. 2, 1927

6.2 Richter. Serious damage, particularly in Jerusalem, Jericho, Ramle, Tiberias, and Nablus. Allenby Bridge collapses. Jordan River blocked for 21 hours due to collapse of marl cliffs along banks. At least 500 people killed

Northern Dead Sea basin

 

Israel Geophysical Institute

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Mar. 29, 1903

5.6 Richter

Eastern Samaria

 

Israel Geophysical Institute