Feb 24 2010
February 24, 2010 The Jerusalem Post
Israel does not have much more ability to cope with a major earthquake than Haiti had, maintains Dr. Ephraim Laor of the University of Haifa. “I know the health system disagrees, but I suggest looking at the numbers rather than fooling ourselves,” said Laor, formerly head of the government steering committee for earthquake preparedness, on Tuesday. An expert in coping with disasters, he said many Israelis assume that if the country is able to send rescue workers and medical teams to the other side of the world and excel in saving lives, it must be highly capable of coping with a major earthquake, which according to scientists is overdue. But Laor, who has just returned from Haiti, said much more is needed.