How to stop a deadly earthquake
When an earthquake hit the capital, in a country with one of the most densely populated cities in the world, the response was swift.
The city of Kfar Shana, located in the Negev Desert, was completely destroyed.
More than 100 people were killed.
As of Saturday, more than 2,300 Palestinians have been killed in the past month.
The death toll was only the third time since 2011 that a major earthquake has struck the Israeli capital.
A Palestinian man sits in a destroyed building following an earthquake in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel, January 24, 2020.
Many in the Israeli media and government have suggested that the government did little to protect Jerusalem from the temblor, while others have blamed the Israeli military.
But as the war in Gaza continues to escalate, the Israeli government has come under increasing criticism over its inaction.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently leading the government’s election campaign, said the country should be prepared to deal with an earthquake.
“The time has come for us to act.
We have to be ready to deal,” he said.
The quake, which was centered in the town of Kefraya, took place at a depth of around 12 kilometers (8 miles).
It was centered at the town’s airport, which has a complex underground structure and a tunnel under the airport.
The ground shaking was felt for more than two kilometers (1.8 miles), and the damage was extensive.
“It was like a giant earthquake,” said Yasser al-Zahir, an Israeli-Palestinian man who lives in the area.
“We heard the ground shake and felt it with our ears.
It was really painful.”
The Israeli military did not respond to requests for comment on the earthquake.
The military said in a statement that the city was in a state of emergency.
The Kefrawa Airport and the Israeli Air Force are not currently operating.
Al-Zabir, who lost his wife and two children, described the airport as “in ruins.”
“People are walking around in panic, saying they have nowhere to go,” he told Al Jazeera.
“My house is totally destroyed.
It is like the city of Jerusalem, except there are no buildings left.”
Al-Jabbar reported from Keframish, Israel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.