Nature:Earthquake Palestine 1202

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Nature:Earthquake Palestine 1202 Gender: N/A
born on 20 May 1202 Jul.Cal. (27 May 1202 greg.) at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )
Place Hasbayya, Lebanon, 33n24, 35e41
Timezone LMT m35e41 (is local mean time)
Data source
Timed documented source, news
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 05°04' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 22°15 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 27°43'


Palestine, Samaria, Galilee powerful earthquake, an estimated 7.6 Richter scale, hit "around dawn;" thousands killed and severe damage. The crusader castle Vadum Jacob on the Jordan River was split.


Source Notes

Diana K. Rosenberg collection: Data from Science News Vol 153, 4/18/1998, p. 251, and Catalogue of Significant

Earthquakes 2000 BC -1979, Report SE-27: World Data Center A for Solid Earth Geophysics, US Dept of Commerce, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration,

Environmental Data & Information Service, Boulder CO 80303, July 1981. (Queried Ronnie Ellenblum of Hebrew University (mentioned as source in Science News) about calendar; he confirmed NS in a note dated 5/10/1998.) (atr: we leave it in Greg. calendar)

The following contradicts the information supplied to Lois Rodden in 1998: from Earthquakes in the Mediterranean and Middle East: A Multidisciplinary Study of Seismology up to 1900, Nicholas Ambrasey, 2009, Cambridge University Press, which states on page 328: "Just as both the contemporary European letters date the earthquake to Monday 20 May 1202, so do a comparable pair of Arabic letters from Hamah and Damascus." There is no reason to doubt this source and thus the date for this entry has been changed to reflect that the date should be in the Julian calendar (since Monday only works if the date is OS rather than NS). The time has also been modified to half an hour earlier than the original information from Lois Rodden to match better sources giving the time as at dawn (sunrise was at approximately 4:50am, LT). -jri


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