Natural disasters

Israel re-thinks earthquake preparation

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 17, 2011

The earthquake in Japan last week and its devastating results have once again renewed the debate regarding the preparedness in Israel for a major quake - that geologists claim is only a matter of time.

Big quakes tend to hit Israel every 80-100 years. The last significant quake was in 1927, so the next one could be imminent.


Israel offers help for Japan earthquake rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to account for any citizens who may have been affected by the earthquake that hit Japan last night.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has also asked Israel’s ambassador to Tokyo to offer aid to Japan in the wake of the disaster.

Emergency relief organisation ZAKA said they had dispatched a team to Japan to help with search and rescue efforts.


Three Israelis among rising New Zealand quake death toll

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

Two more Israelis have been confirmed dead a week after the New Zealand city of Christchurch was struck by a devastating earthquake.

The death toll from the quake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, has climbed to more than 150 with the discovery of the bodies of two tourists from the Israeli town of Rehovot.


Israeli tourist among dead in Christchurch earthquake

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

An Israeli backpacker is understood to be among the estimated 65 people killed by the earthquake that struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch last night.

The man, who was travelling with three friends, was in a car when the 6.3 magnitude quake struck and caused a building to collapse on top of it.

An official from Israel’s Foreign Ministry said there could be as many as 150 Israelis in the area, which is a popular spot for tourists.


Christchurch earthquake hits Jewish centre

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

A Jewish centre was among the buildings damaged by a devastating earthquake in New Zealand.

There are also concerns that an Israeli tourist was among the estimated 65 people killed when the 6.3 magnitude tremor hit New Zealand’s second city.

The earthquake also hit Christchurch’s Chabad headquarters, leaving those inside just minutes to escape outside as the building collapsed.

Christchurch, which is home to a small Jewish community and one synagogue, is a popular spot for Israeli backpackers, who take advantage of the Chabad facilities in the city.


Greece and Israel to launch disaster response plan

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2011

Israel and Greece have agreed to coordinate their responses to regional natural disasters, such as the Carmel forest fire.

As Israeli firefighters struggled to put out the devastating blaze last December, Greece was one of a number of countries to respond to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plea for international assistance.


Pastor blames Australian floods on Rudd's Israel views

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2011

An Australian pastor has blamed the country’s former prime minister for causing devastating floods because of his stance on Israel.

At least 20 people have died and many more been injured, while thousands have been left homeless as a result of the flash flooding that has hit the northeastern Australian state of Queensland.

Daniel Nalliah, who two years ago explained bushfires in Victoria in terms of the state’s abortion law, said he had been reminded “that every time America went against Israel, there was disaster in the land”.


Forest fire in Israel's Carmel mountains region

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010
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Footage from the fire blazing through northern Israel.


Forest fire still blazing through Israel's Carmel mountains

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

Firefighters are battling to control what experts have described as the worst forest fire in Israeli history as a devastating inferno rages through the country’s Carmel mountains region for a second day.

The fire, which has already destroyed an estimated 5,000 acres of forest and bush land in northern Israel, saw its first casualties yesterday afternoon when a bus sent to help evacuate a nearby prison caught fire, killing up to 40 Israeli prison guards.


Forest fire chaos, fatal crash near Haifa

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010

Up to 40 Israelis are believed to have been killed or injured after a bus crashed while evacuating people from a devastating forest fire in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa.

The accident involved a bus transporting prison guards from the Damon Prison to safety.

The blaze has also meant that hundreds of people have been taken away from their homes while the University of Haifa has been forced to evacuate its campus.