The Ancient Israeli City of Susita (IMAGE) Geological Society of America Caption The ancient Israeli city of Susita was destroyed in 749 AD. Fallen columns all pointing in the same direction indicate the damage was due to an earthquake on the Dead Sea transform fault. The earthquake history on this fault is one of the world's longest. Credit Seth Stein Usage Restrictions Credit: Seth Stein. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.