Israeli schools hold earthquake drill

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Schools across Israel took part in an earthquake drill.

Monday’s drill was conducted by the Home Front Command in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Israel Police, Magen David Adom, Israel Fire and Rescue Services, and local authorities.

The exercise, held in all kindergartens and schools, was initiated to raise the readiness of the education system to an earthquake scenario and to test the effectiveness of the procedures during and following the natural disaster.

It also was intended to strengthen cooperation between local authorities and their educational establishments along with the Home Front Command, Emergency Services and volunteers from organizations.

The last measurable earthquake to hit Israel was last August and was of a 4.2 magnitude.

Parts of Israel and the West Bank lay on the Syrian-African fault line.

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