Friday, September 7, 2012

EArtHqUAkE! in the Holy Land in 1927.
New pictures presented

The earthquake of July 11, 1927. Partial collapse of mosque
and minaret on Mt. of Olives
85 years ago a powerful earthquake struck Eretz Yisrael.  With its epicenter located in the northern Dead Sea area, the towns of Jericho, Jerusalem, Nablus (Shechem) and Tiberias were badly hit.  An estimated 500 people were killed in those locations.

Damage in the Augusta Victoria Hospital/
Church on Mt. of  Olives. Stones from
the tower smashed through the roof below

Collapsed banks of the Jordan River, with trees in midstream

Today, scientists believe the magnitude of the quake was 6.25.
Nablus (Shechem) "in a ruined state."
At the time there were several Jewish
households in the predominantly
Muslim town

We published here last year several pictures taken after the earthquake.  View the pictures here.
"House in Nablus reduced to a shell"
Subsequently, we uncovered more photos in the Library of Congress archives, and we present them here.

In Israel today, scientists warn of another major quake, and civil defense information is posted in many public buildings and online.

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1 comment:

  1. Israel Genealogy Research Association IGRA has in its database collection a list of 789 names of donors in Palestine and abroad to a relief fund after the earthquake in 1927. The list is a composite of a number of lists published in the Palestine Gazette, the official document in English of the British Mandate Government in Palestine.It is fabulous when things come together