Evening, January 1 there were an earthquake in northern Israel. Dozens of residents of Tiberias, Safed and Beit Shean told the police about the relatively strong aftershocks. Institute of Geophysics estimated earthquake magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale. Any damage or injuries were reported, but the Beit Shean, many residents took to the streets, keeping away from the buildings.
Geophysical Institute has not said where exactly was the epicenter of the earthquake. The last time shook northern Israel at the end of November. Then in Safed magnitude was 3.5 on the Richter scale — then too there were no property damage and casualties.
A week earlier, on November 21, Immigrant Commission to make recommendations to prepare for an earthquake released a document, according to which in the near future, Israel must occur earthquake measuring at least 7.5 points, the epicenter of which is likely to be exactly the Beit Shean.
It is worth recalling that the Beit She'an is considered the least-located city in Israel in terms of vulnerability to earthquakes. If we add to its location right on the Syrian-African rift crust is very old and is not designed for heavy jolt of building, it becomes clear evaluation commission, which speak of the high probability of significant damage and casualties in the city, even in comparison with other localities of the country