MDA Joins Emergency Summit on Earthquake Preparedness

Posted By : Devick Sellam July 9, 2018

Stock photo of an earthquake in Ecuador.

On the heels of several small but worrisome earthquakes in central and northern Israel, Magen David Adom will join an emergency summit convened by Israel’s Defense Ministry to review Israel’s readiness for a possible major earthquake.

Wednesday’s high-level discussions will involve representatives from the National Emergency Management Authority, the IDF’s Home Front Command, police, firefighters, municipal authorities, and MDA.

Two minor earthquakes — the first one registering a 3.1 on the Richter scale with a 3.3-magnitude trembler hitting an hour later — were centered near Tiberias. There were no reports of injuries or damages as a result of either quake.

The last major earthquake to hit the region was in 1927 — a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 people and injured another 700.

MDA, in addition to serving as Israel’s national EMS and ambulance service, also safeguards all of Israel’s blood supply, including blood to the IDF. MDA’s new Marcus National Blood Services Center — currently under construction — has been designed to meet new earthquake building standards. The current center was built prior to the setting of new stringent earthquake building codes.

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