The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

UAE has no major seismic sources - NCMS official

posted on 28/04/2015: 2133 views

The UAE has nothing to worry about earthquakes as they are very unlikely to strike the region and residents in the UAE need not worry about it, according to the head of the seismology centre in the country.

"We don't have any major seismic sources," Khamis Al Shamsi, Acting Head of Seismology at the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, NCMS, told the Khaleej Times daily, adding, "The ones that we can lay claim to are 'very, very low sources in the Masafi region in the northern parts of UAE that have a potential of maximum 3-3.5 magnitude."

"In the UAE, we don't have to worry because we have a high quality building code, and our structures are strong, built with high quality materials," Al Shamsi said, adding that even though that is a matter of engineering there is a municipality law that states clearly the building requirements.

He explained that the Nepal quake was a "shallow-focus" one, with 4km depth, according to NCMS reports. A shallow quake causes more destruction on the surface than a semi-deep or deep-focus quake. "If Nepal had had a deep quake, the effects may not have been so bad," he says.

Explaining about the quake felt two years ago on an afternoon in April 2013, he said, "Yes, that one had its epicentre in the Makran region in the south of Pakistan."

While talking about the minimal chances of quakes striking these parts, Al Shamsi also addressed chances of other natural disasters occurring here.

Speaking about the chances of tsunamis in the Gulf area, he said that the chances were very remote, as, "the Arabian tectonic plates are very small compared to the ones in the Pacific ocean, in areas such as Japan", noting that the waters in the Arabian Gulf are shallow, from 50 - 75 meters, Al Shamsi estimates "unlike the deep waters of the Pacific". – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


29 September 2015 Abu Dhabi Municipality completes revamping seismic control system, constructs network of 50 stations
31 July 2014 5.5-magnitude earthquake hits South Iran, 300 kilometre from Abu Dhabi
28 May 2014 Iranian earthquake felt in parts of UAE
10 March 2014 Mild tremor hits UAE's Dibba at midnight
11 October 2013 Abu Dhabi City Municipality showcases spatial data projects during UAE University Geological Day of UAE University

Most Read