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Israel's earthquakes could result in 10,000 fatalities, according to the town mayor

Beit She'an's mayor, Jacky Levy, claims that if a big earthquake occurred along the Syrian-African fault line, Beit She'an would suffer significant damage.

Israeli soldiers from the Home Front Command participate in an earthquake drill on October 21, 2012, in Holon, close to Tel Aviv.

According to government estimations, a massive earthquake in Israel is expected to kill 10,000 people, according to the mayor of the northern town of Beit She'an.

Following two earthquakes that jolted the nation over the course of nearly 12 hours, Levy, a former Likud MK, addressed on Sunday evening. According to Israel's Geological Survey, an earthquake with a 3.7 magnitude occurred around 11:36 p.m. had its epicenter about 19 kilometers northeast of Beit She'an, on Saturday night.

A few hours later, around noon on Sunday, a 3.5-magnitude earthquake with a focus near the city of Tiberias struck.

Levy told Army Radio, "Everyone knows there will be an earthquake, but nobody is doing anything. "The number of casualties will be ridiculous and the State of Israel doesn't know how to handle an earthquake."

Levy claimed that between 2015 and 2018, while he was the deputy minister of construction, a plan was presented to the cabinet that called for spending NIS 5 billion to reinforce structures in hotspots like Beit Shean, Safed, and Tiberas—all of which are located near the Syrian-African fault line. He claimed that the funds were never allocated.

"Action, not just discourse, is the answer. Buildings that might collapse ought to be strengthened right away, he said.

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