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Minor tremor felt in northern emirates of the UAE

posted on 23/07/2009: 2092 views

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has recorded a 5.6 magnitude earthquake at 7.35am Wednesday morning on Qeshm Island in the Strait of Hormuz area.

The tremor resulting from the earthquake was felt lightly in some areas in the UAE especially the northern emirates, according to the NCMS. Some parts of Fujairah and Dibba and surrounding villages felt the tremors most.

The centre said that this was a natural occurrence given that the area is geographically close to the Zagros mountains in Iran, which is earthquake prone.

There was another aftershock tremor that was recorded at a 4.2 magnitude at 8.26am.

No injuries or damages were caused by quake. The authorities have expressed their readiness to deal with any emergency. Civil Defence sources said that the department was ready to tackle all emergencies. – Gulf News


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