EILAT, Israel, March 21 (UPI) -- Israel and Jordan conducted joint exercises to test preparedness for an earthquake in the region, officials said.
About 200 people participated in the drills last week at Timna in southern Israel and organized by Israel's Magen David Adom and the Jordanian Red Crescent, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.
Trained professionals and students from Israel's Ben Gurion University were in attendance, the newspaper said.
The two countries have mutual concern about the threat of an earthquake in the Syrian-African Rift, the paper said.
"Watching members of the JRC build a tent with two Ben Gurion University students as if they had been working together forever gave me huge satisfaction, Dr. Bruria Adini, a member of the university's department of emergency and one of the event's planners, told the newspaper. "There was incredible energy as both the Israelis and Jordanians found their common language and worked together," she said.
"It is not by chance we are here close to the sister cities of Aqaba and Eilat," said Dr. Dagan Schwartz, a member of the university's emergency team. "Their proximity means that rescue teams are going to have to work together if we are to respond as quickly and as professionally as possible should such an event really occur."