Israeli family narrowly escapes collapse at Dead Sea cave
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Israeli family narrowly escapes collapse at Dead Sea cave

Entrance to Cave of Sodom is sealed off after an avalanche, as officials assess damage to popular tourist site

Firefighters look at the entrance to the Cave of Sodom that was blocked after a landslide on September 10, 2016. (Southern Region Fire Department Spokesperson)
Firefighters look at the entrance to the Cave of Sodom that was blocked after a landslide on September 10, 2016. (Southern Region Fire Department Spokesperson)

A rockslide at the Mountains of Sodom near the Dead Sea sealed off a popular cave frequented by hikers on Saturday afternoon, and an Israeli family narrowly missed being trapped inside.

Emergency rescue teams from Beersheba and Dimona who rushed to the Cave of Sodom determined that no hikers were trapped inside, a fire department spokesperson said.

A family that had been inside the cave at the time of the avalanche rushed out when they heard the rumbling above them, and were able to escape without harm, Ynet reported.

Pictures from the scene showed the entrance to the cave almost entirely blocked with large boulders.

Negev Fire Chief Gershon Kalimi told Ynet that firefighters had determined the inner part of the cave had collapsed, but did not detail the full extent of the damage.

An illustrative image of a salt cave in Mount Sodom, in the Judean Desert, Israel on March 17, 2012. (CC BY-SA Wikimedia commons)
An illustrative image of a salt cave in Mount Sodom, in the Judean Desert, Israel on March 17, 2012. (CC BY-SA Wikimedia commons)

He said the IDF and police sealed off the area to visitors, and a local expert on caves in the area was assisting officials in mapping out the inside of the cave.

Kalimi also warned there was “real possibility” of another rockslide in the area.

Located along the southwestern shore of the Dead Sea, the Mountains of Sodom are characterized by large salt caves and pillars, and are a popular hiking and tourist destination in the Judean Desert.

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