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The 1927 Jericho earthquake was an earthquake that shook much of the Levant on July 11 1927 at 15:04 local time. Arieh (1967) gave it a magnitude of around 6.3, and Vered and Striem (1977) located its epicenter near the Damya Bridge in the Jordan Valley, and close to the city of Jericho.[1] Later research by Avni (1999), located the epicenter to be around 50 km south of this location near the Dead Sea at 31°36′N 35°24′E / 31.6°N 35.4°E / 31.6; 35.4.[2]

The earthquake caused heavy damage in Nablus and to the domes of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Between 250 and 500 people were killed.[2]


  1. ^ Damage Caused By Landslides During the Earthquakes of 1837 and 1927 in the Galilee Region, By D. Wachs and D. Levitte, MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE, Report HYDRO/5/78 - Jerusalem - June 1978 [1]
  2. ^ a b The Earthquake of 1927

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