17 February 2008
Earthquake in Israel
An earthquake shook Israel at 12:37 PM Friday, 2/15/08. The only damage reported in Israel was on the Temple Mount and near Shechem.
The earthquake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale; its epicenter was located in northeastern Lebanon. A large hole opened up on the Temple Mount during Friday's earthquake, which was soon covered by officials from the Wakf Islamic Authority that administers the mosques built atop Judaism’s holiest site.
Wakf officials tried to blame Israel for the 6-foot by 5-foot hole, which is about three feet deep, claiming it was caused by Israel, which it accuses of tunneling beneath the Temple Mount