Saturday, 27 August 2011

earthquake in holy land


Unusual 4.1 Earthquake Causes Some Shaking in the Holy Lands


A rarely experienced moderate earthquake was felt in Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday at 11:52 a.m. local time. The 4.1 magnitude temblor struck at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles and was centered out in the Mediterranean Sea, 44 miles northwest of Tel Aviv, Israel, and 77 miles northwest of Jerusalem, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
According to the website Earthquake-report.com, "felt it" reports from this earthquake came in from locations such as Haifa and Netanya. Those who gave reports stated that they felt shaking and swaying for about 10 seconds. There were no reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake.
While earthquakes in the Dead Sea region do occur, they are unusual. Israel is part of a geological region that is riddled with faults. The Dead Sea region and the Middle East are located in what is known as the Great Rift -- one of the longest rifts in the world. A rift is a location where plates have pulled apart and created fault zones and fissures in the Earth's crust.
The Great Rift stretches about 3,000 miles in length, starting in northern Syria and ending in the area of Mozambique in eastern Africa.
The Dead Sea Rift, which is also sometimes referred to as the Jordan Rift Valley, runs through the today's Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories in the Dead Sea Region which is the same region as the Great Rift.
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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Damascus gate in Jerusalem restored.



Damascus Gate Restoration Completed

Bible and archaeology news

The Israel Antiquities Authority this week completed its restoration of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, the oldest and most imposing of the gates that stand guard over the entrances to the Old City. The magnificent gate, decorated with elaborate stone carvings and inscriptions, was built in 1538 by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent over the ruins of the older Roman gateway. Although the gate has remained largely unchanged since the 16th century, recent wars and conflicts have taken their toll. During the Six Day War of 1967, the small but ornately decorated gate chamber atop the gate was severely damaged. Using historic photographs and expert stonemasons, restorers were able to accurately reconstruct the chamber to its original appearance.
The work, which took ten months to complete, is part of a larger project designed to clean and restore the entire Old City wall.
Damascus Gate Restoration Completed
The Israel Antiquities Authority this week completed its restoration of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, the oldest and most imposing of the gates that stand guard over the entrances to the Old City.


http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/news/damascus-gate-restoration-completed/