Great Earthquakes In Diverse Places
Israel: Seven Earthquakes Shakes up the North, Fog Closes Airport
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Israel National News
Northern residents shook off seven earthquakes between Sunday and
Tuesday while heavy fog shut down Ben Gurion airport, stranding
thousands of travelers.
One earthquake in the Galilee before dawn Tuesday morning measured 3.6
on the Richter scale and did not cause any injuries or damage.
Mild tremors are not uncommon in Israel, which is situated over the
sensitive Syrian-African fault, but it is unusual that’s so many are
reported within the space of two days. The first tremor struck Sunday
evening in the Upper Galilee, measuring 2.7 on Thursday Richter scale.
Unusually heavy fog closed down Ben Gurion Airport for several hours
Monday night Tuesday morning, stranding thousands of travelers trying
top leave while incoming passengers found themselves landing in Turkey,
Jordan, Cyprus and Greece.
The fog cleared before noon and operations slowly returned to normal.
Official said that the airport does not have the same equipment that is
used in other international airports, where heavy fog is much more
common than in Israel.
Elsewhere in the country, isolated thunderstorms brought down a bit of
rain in the Judean Desert, but the rain was not significant as Israel
continues to suffers from a another dry year. No precipitation is in
sight at least until early next week.