"On that day...the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof
toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great
valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and
half of it toward the south." (Zechariah 14:4).
report the three most destructive earthquakes in Israel since the
18th century happened in 1759, 1837 and 1927. According to a report
from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency at the time of the 1927 quake,
there was 'not a house in Jerusalem or Hebron' that did not sustain
some damage. Page 17 of the Atlas of Israel: Cartography,
Physical and Human Geography. Tel-Aviv: Survey of Israel, 1985,
depicts the cleft that was left through the Mount of Olives.