Israel plans ‘huge earthquake drill’ next week that assumes mass casualties of 7,000 dead, 70,000 wounded

Israel is planning a huge emergency drill for next week amid speculation and fears that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will order a unilateral strike on Iranian uranium enrichment facilities. The drill tests the country’s ability to cope with an earthquake, and assumes hypothetical mass casualties of 7,000 dead, 70,000 wounded and 170,000 without a home.

The drill will also include a scenario simulating a toxic chemical leak at the northern coastal port in Haifa. This is the first time a Home Front drill has dealt with a natural disaster scenario as opposed to a war scenario.

“The drill is designed to improve preparations for an earthquake, but will also prepare the public and ministries for other emergency scenarios,” Home Front Commander Eyal Eisenberg said during a press conference.

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