Thursday, December 21, 2006

Time to Get the Family Swimming Lessons

A JPost article reports that although the Mediterranean is not a major ocean, tsunamis do occur on Israel's coast.

A tsunami hits Israel's coast on the average of once every 200 years, with the last recorded one on November 25, 1759; the affected the coast of Israel and the Nile Delta and was caused by an earthquake on the border between Syria and Lebanon.
(Hmm, I'm no mathematician, but...nevermind.)

So, what we need is a Tsunami Early-warning System:
A tsunami early-warning system, if and when it is installed, has to take into account a variety of mechanisms that can cause tidal waves and the various distances from Israel where the geological shocks originate.

In most cases, the researchers said, when the shock was close, the best early-warning system would be the earthquake itself. In those cases when the sea actually recedes, this is an additional warning of a coming tsunami.
OK, let me get this straight: we need an alert system from tsunamis but not one for rockets. In nearly 4 weeks of the current "cease-fire" there have been 40 rockets fired at Israel (most hitting open fields and doing no damage, thankfully). It seems that the Palestinian understanding of a "cease-fire" means that Israel ceases firing while they shoot their rockets at Israel. Maybe someone should have read the fine print on that agreement.

Update - I stand corrected. Today there certainly was damage by a rocket fired from Gaza:
Three Palestinian were lightly injured Thursday morning after a rocket hit their home in the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources told the Palestinian news agency Maan.

Eyewitnesses said that the rocket accidentally hit the home of the al-Masri family in Beit Hanoun, injuring the pregnant mother, who suffered a miscarriage, and her two children.

According to the sources, the house and its surroundings suffered damage.
What a shame, but we can only hope that they will draw some lessons from this.

Update II - Oh well, so much for that.

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