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Abu Dhabi Municipality completes revamping seismic control system, constructs network of 50 stations

Posted on 29/09/2015

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality, ADM, has completed all phases of the Seismic Risks Monitoring and Management Project by constructing a state-of-the-art monitoring network at world-class-standards comprising 50 observation stations. Musabbah Mubarak Al Murar, Acting General Manager of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said, "This project is undertaken as part of the endeavours of the Municipal System in Abu Dhabi to build a comprehensive Seismic Risks Monitoring and Management System, and maintain ...  >>MORE

UAE has no major seismic sources - NCMS official

Posted on 28/04/2015

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 ...  >>MORE

5.5-magnitude earthquake hits South Iran, 300 kilometre from Abu Dhabi

Posted on 31/07/2014

U.A.E.'s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has registered an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on Richter scale which hit South Iran, 300 kilometres from Abu Dhabi, this morning. A mild tremor was felt in the different parts of the U.A.E., the NCMS added. – Emirates News Agency WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395268248471.html ...  >>MORE

Iranian earthquake felt in parts of UAE

Posted on 28/05/2014

An earthquake in southern Iran, reported to measure 5.5 on the open ended Richter scale, shook parts of the UAE yesterday morning. The seismic network of the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology recorded the earthquake on the island of Qeshem in southern Iran this morning, at 09:44 AM (local time). The quake was felt in parts of Ras Al-Khaimah and was also slightly experienced in other northern parts of the country, including Dubai, but caused no reported impact. – Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Mild tremor hits UAE's Dibba at midnight

Posted on 10/03/2014

Mild tremor hit Dibba around midnight on Sunday, forcing many residents rush out of their house. The shock wave was produced by a magnitude 3 earthquake on the Richter scale that hit the area at 11.46pm, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) in Abu Dhabi. No damage has been reported from the area. The tremors were felt in Dibba and some other parts of the eastern coastal area. The epicentre of the earthquake was located some 10km off the coast of Dibba in the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi City Municipality showcases spatial data projects during UAE University Geological Day of UAE University

Posted on 11/10/2013

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality recently participated in the annual Geological Day held by the UAE University, Al Ain, in its capacity as a Gold Sponsor. The civic body showcased its key projects and achievements in streamlining spatial data as demonstrated in the Monitoring And Management Of The Seismic Risks System in Abu Dhabi Emirate, and the Geo-Technology Management System. Through its stand at the accompanying exhibition held on the sidelines of the Geological Day, the Municipality ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi shares GIS expertise at Esri User Conference in San Diego

Posted on 17/07/2013

Driving the Abu Dhabi Government's agenda in advancing the emirate's geospatial capabilities, Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) - Abu Dhabi's ICT authority, successfully led a delegation from 28 government entities at the recently held five-day Esri User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, USA. The conference is considered the biggest GIS (geographic information system) event globally and the 2013 edition brought more than 14,000 international dignitaries and attendees to the ...  >>MORE

UAE not affected by southern Iran quake

Posted on 19/05/2013

The UAE was not affected by the earthquake of 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, which hit southern Iran, 207 km northeast of Ras Al Khaimah, yesterday afternoon, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has reported. Measuring 3 on the Mercalli intensity scale, the quake occurred at 2.03pm at a depth of 29km, it said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Dubai earthquake code updated

Posted on 16/05/2013

The civic authorities on Wednesday issued new rules asking all new projects to raise the threshold of buildings to withstand earthquake tremors up to 5.9 on the Richter scale. A senior official at Dubai Municipality told Gulf News that the standard was raised as part of the authority's aim to ensure the public's safety and the quality of buildings in the emirate, as a result of the increasing number of earthquakes recorded in Iran. Yousuf Abdullah Al Marzouqi, Acting Director of Buildings ...  >>MORE

UAE not affected by southern Iran quake

Posted on 12/05/2013

The UAE is not affected by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which hit southern Iran, 208km northeast of Ras Al Khaimah, early on Saturday, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology in the UAE (NCMS) has reported. Measuring 3 on the Mercalli Intensity Scale, the quake, which occurred at 6.08am at a depth of 33km, was followed at 7.09am by 18 aftershocks measuring up to 5.6 on the Richter scale, it said. NCMS emphasised that the UAE was not affected by the quake. The same area was hit by a ...  >>MORE

Iran quake: UAE buildings structurally sound, officials say

Posted on 18/04/2013

The UAE's building codes, which are designed to ensure buildings withstand earthquake tremors of 5.5 to 6 on the Richter scale, are perfectly fine, officials said. The officials said the fact that there had been no one injured nor reports of structural damage — following the 7.8 magnitude quake to hit Iran on Tuesday — was evidence that the codes were working. Authorities on Wednesday reiterated that there was no reason for the public to worry as building practices in the country were sound. ...  >>MORE

Massive quake hits Iran, felt across UAE

Posted on 17/04/2013

National Seismic Network of the National Centre of Meteorology '&' Seismology (NCMS) recorded yesterday at 2:44 PM (local time) an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. The NCSM said in a statement yesterday that the powerful quake struck the Pakistani-Iranian borders, 650 kilometres north east of Ras Al Khaimah. 'The tremor, which was felt across emirates of the State, has limited impact. The NCSM is still monitoring the seismic activity,' the statement added. Dubai Municipality ...  >>MORE

Iran earthquake felt in UAE and Arabian Gulf

Posted on 10/04/2013

Strong tremors were felt in cities across the UAE due to a severe earthquake on the western coastline of Iran Tuesday afternoon. The shockwaves of the quake felt in the UAE forced residents of high-rise buildings to rush out to nearby open places. The earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, jolted several Iranian cities at 3.52pm (1152 GMT), which followed a serious of aftershocks measuring 5.4, 4.6, 4.8, and 4.1, according to the world's major seismology centres monitoring the ...  >>MORE

Three earthquakes in northern regions

Posted on 22/10/2012

Three mild earthquakes hit Oman Sea and areas in the northern regions of the UAE Sunday evening, according to The National Centre of Meteorology '&' Seismology (NCMS). NCMS, in a statement, said its National Seismic Network Stations recorded first one, of 3.8 magnitude on the Richter Scale, within 33 kilometres north of Fujairah in the sea, at 8.13pm local time; the second, of 4.6 magnitude, 200 kilometres northeast of Fujairah at 8:38pm and the third, of 3.1 magnitude, at 9:07pm about 27 ...  >>MORE

5 more seismic stations set up

Posted on 20/06/2012

Any possible impact of tremors or aftershocks in the region on the skyscrapers and vital buildings in Dubai can now be assessed within seconds, thanks to five new seismic stations set up by the Dubai Municipality. Authorities can make use of the data provided by these seismic stations to meet future infrastructure requirements in areas prone to seismic activities and to take measures to minimise the impact of any possible tremors in the region. Director of Survey Department at the ...  >>MORE

NCMS dispels earthquake rumours

Posted on 27/02/2012

The National Centre of Meteorology '&' Seismology (NCMS) has cautioned public against believing rumours of an earthquake in the northern parts of the UAE. In a statement issued yesterday, the NCMS warned against unofficial predictions spreading through text messages and social networking websites, and urged citizens and residents in the UAE to get weather information only from authorised and reliable sources. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Tremor hits Masafi district in Fujairah

Posted on 07/09/2011

Dubai Municipality's Local Earthquake Monitoring Network (LEMN), said a tremor on 2.2 Richter scale jolted East of Masafi district in the emirate of Fujairah at a distance of 1.7 km, and on a distance of 89 km East of Dubai City at 7. 47pm on Monday. The quake, which was felt by some inhabitants in Massafi district, did not cause any losses. Mohammed Mashroom, director of the survey department at Dubai Municipality, said the tremor occurred near the Eastern Region of the UAE, known for the ...  >>MORE

Quake monitor launched in Sharjah

Posted on 21/03/2011

The latest earthquake monitoring station in the UAE was launched yesterday in Sharjah in the mountains of Wadi Helou, Sharjah. His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, launched the University of Sharjah's seismographic station, which is linked to the Global Seismographic Network (GSN) that caters to the Gulf region. Professor Sammy Mahmoud, Chancellor of Sharjah University, explained that the network will constantly monitor the earth ...  >>MORE

Japan quake won't affect UAE or region

Posted on 11/03/2011

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, UAE, said that the massive earthquake that hit Japan will not have any implications on the UAE and the rest of the region because of the region's remoteness from the centre of seismic activity. The UAE centre had registered the earthquake, which hit the Japanese shore. The magnitude 8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks for hours, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0. It hit the Japan ...  >>MORE

Mild tremor at Huwailat

Posted on 24/02/2011

A mild tremor, the second in the day, was felt at Al Huwailat area in Ras Al Khaimah and surrounding areas at 09:17 PM Wednesday. The tremor measured 2.2 on the Richter scale according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS). The Centre added that few people in Al Huwailat felt the tremor. Earlier this afternoon, a tremor that measured 2.4 on Richter scale was felt in the same area. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Tremor in Fujairah

Posted on 21/02/2011

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology said yesterday that stations linked to the national network for seismological monitoring recorded a tremor measuring 3 on the Richter scale about 24 km south-west of the city of Fujairah and 10 km east of Hatta this afternoon. An announcement from NCMS said that a section of the inhabitants in the neighbouring areas of the epicentre felt the slight tremor that took place at 5.19pm local time. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE-Slovenian geomorphologists to study RAK caves

Posted on 23/01/2011

A joint team of Emirati-Slovenian geomorphologists will conduct a maiden exploratory mission to a cave in north of emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Dr. Asma Al Ketbi, Associate Professor, UAE University and Chairwoman of the Emirates Geographic Society, said the scientific expedition aims to study and understand the geographic and historic characteristics of the cave and determine the most rainy periods in the UAE over the last 300,000 years through analysis of sediments of hanging and falling ...  >>MORE

Tremors from Pakistan quake ripple across UAE

Posted on 19/01/2011

Tremors from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Pakistan were felt across the UAE early this morning. The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology's senior earthquake engineer Khamis al Shamsi said the first aftershocks from the quake struck across the UAE about 12.23am. Smaller jolts were felt when an aftershock struck Pakistan shortly after 1.30am. "We were very lucky to experience no damage after such a high magnitude and deep earthquake but it happened 900 to 1000 km away," said Mr al ...  >>MORE

UAE's National stations for monitoring earthquake records tremor in Shiraz

Posted on 06/01/2011

UAE's national network stations for monitoring earthquakes recorded yesterday morning at 9:55 UAE local time an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale which jolted the region of Shiraz in southern Iran. It is possible that the earthquake may have been felt in the northern regions of the State. Meanwhile, the national network stations also recorded seismic aftershocks measuring 4.1 in the same area. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Team searches for sources of marble in UAE

Posted on 02/11/2010

Dressed in khaki shorts and resembling a wiry school teacher, Clive Mitchell bounds enthusiastically across the rocks of Wadi Bih seeking slabs of marble, which could one day become gleaming facades in five-star hotels. He and a team from the British Geological Survey (BGS) are scouring the country for useful deposits of the stone to reduce imports and boost the local economy. Their project is part of a Dh90 million study of the Emirates scheduled to last 10 years. "Most of the decorative ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality brushes aside fears on impact of recent earthquakes in Dubai

Posted on 22/07/2010

Dubai Municipality's Local Earthquake Monitoring Network, which monitored a set of earthquakes, occurred recently in southern Iran and 220 km north-west of Dubai, has found no significant impact of the tremor in the emirate. The network recorded the main tremor with 5.7 on the Richter scale at 11.38pm on Tuesday, 20th July, which did not cause any casualties. Some residents of high-rise towers in Dubai felt a slight tremor of short duration. Mohammed Mashroom, Director of Survey Department ...  >>MORE

Earthquake hits eastern Hatta

Posted on 27/06/2010

A mild earthquake hit the Eastern Hatta on Friday, generating tremors that were felt in the northern emirates. The tremor was not capable of causing any damage and went largely unnoticed by people living in the area. The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said it occurred at 4:31pm and was measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of the earthquake was some 29km in the south of Fujairah in the vicinity of Eastern Hatta, an area known for rugged mountains.The ...  >>MORE

UAE's National Seismic Network records tremor at Al Madam

Posted on 19/03/2010

The UAE's National Seismic Network registered yesterday a tremor with a magnitude of 3.1 on the Richter scale at 2: 09 pm. The Network, an affiliate of the UAE National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, said in a statement today that the tremor took place at Al Madam area between Dubai and Fujairah. The statement added that the tremor could be felt in other emirates. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Earthquake measuring 3.4 on Richter scale in Dibba Al Hisn

Posted on 26/10/2009

UAE's national network stations for monitoring earthquakes recorded yesterday at 3.15pm UAE local time an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale at a depth of 10 kilometres in the Dibba Al Hisn, said a statement from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS). The national network confirmed that the quake was felt mildly in some areas of the emirates of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, noting that this activity is considered normal in the region and have not recorded any ...  >>MORE

Minor tremor felt in northern emirates of the UAE

Posted on 23/07/2009

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 ...  >>MORE

Mild tremor felt in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah

Posted on 09/06/2009

The National Centre of Metrology and Seismology (NCMS) recorded yesterday an earth tremor measuring a magnitude of 3.9 and on the Richter scale at 10:14 pm local time at the Strait of Hormuz near Ras Musandam. The tremor, monitored by the UAE National Seismic Network, part of the NCMS, was lightly felt in the Emirate of Fujairah and tangibly felt in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Quake risk assessment of buildings in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 12/05/2009

An assessment of seismic hazards and risks in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the first of its kind, will be carried out here, planned and coordinated by the emirate's three municipalities — Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia — with the support of the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS). The 36-month study is meant to analyse the building structures throughout the emirate and make sure they would be able to cope with a serious tremor. "There is no place safe from earthquake. So far, ...  >>MORE

Tremor in Gulf of Oman

Posted on 11/05/2009

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale occurred early morning Sunday in the Gulf of Oman, said the UAE National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology. The tremor which was "slightly felt" in parts of north eastern areas of the UAE, namely Khorfakkan and Fujairah, struck at 5:7 am, added the Centre in a statement. It said the earthquake is part of the normal seismic activity of the area and the UAE will not be affected. The same area was hit just on May 8th with a tremor measuring 5.5 ...  >>MORE

No threat of seismic activity in country after tremors hit UAE

Posted on 11/12/2008

Tremors felt in Dubai and the northern emirates during the last few days are not an indication of seismic activity in the UAE, a spokesperson for the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) told Gulf News. "Those were just after-shocks of the earthquake in southern Iran which will not harm the UAE and people don't need to worry at all". He pointed out that the nearest city in the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah, is at least 140 kilometres from the epicentre of the earthquake, so its ...  >>MORE

Mild tremor in Iran felt in UAE northern parts

Posted on 10/12/2008

A tremor of an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale, which shook southern Iranian Island of Qasham on the Arabian Gulf, was lightly felt last night in some parts of the northern emirates, the National Centre of Metrology and Seismology (NCMS) announced this evening. The UAE National Seismic Network, part of the NCMS, recorded the earth tremor at 7:09 pm at local time. The same area was rocked by two powerful tremors measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale on 7th Dec. and 5.2 ...  >>MORE

Iranian tremor felt in UAE northern emirates

Posted on 07/12/2008

A tremor of an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale, which shook southern Iranian Island of Qasham on the Arabian Gulf, was lightly felt this evening in some parts of the northern emirates, the National Centre of Metrology and Seismology (NCMS) announced this evening. The UAE National Seismic Network, an affiliate of the NCMS, recorded the earth tremor at 5:35 pm at local time. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Rock found in UAE and Oman could absorb CO2

Posted on 09/11/2008

Rock formations found in eastern parts of the UAE and Oman could help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by soaking up the harmful gas, a team of scientists believe. Peridotite, a rare rock which has been forced up from the earth's mantle, is being tested as a "carbon capture” material by researchers at Columbia University in New York. Contact between carbon dioxide and peridotite causes a chemical reaction which, over time, converts them into minerals such as calcite. The scientists hope that ...  >>MORE

National Seismic Network records earth tremor in Southern Iran

Posted on 27/09/2008

The National Seismic Network, an affiliate of the UAE National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, has recorded Friday, at 7:36 am, an earth tremor of 4.3 degree on the Richter's scale in Kishm, Southern Iran. According to a statement released by the Network, a copy which reached WAM, the tremor was lightly felt in some parts of the northern emirates of the UAE, adding that the tremor was an aftershock from the main earthquake that hit the same area on September 10, 2008. ...  >>MORE

UAE's National Seismic Network detects 17 tremors

Posted on 12/09/2008

The seismic network stations across the UAE detected 17 tremors in the aftershocks of the earthquake that hit the Iranian port city of Bandher Abbas Wednesday afternoon. The Network, an affiliate of the UAE National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, had primarily detected the earthquake, the epicentre of which was the Iranian Island of Qeshm in the Arabian Gulf. The quake that measured 6.1 on the Richter scale occurred at 3:00pm yesterday. The intensive seismic activity and the tremors ...  >>MORE

Tremors from earthquake in the Iranian Island of Gishm felt in the UAE

Posted on 11/09/2008

The UAE National Seismic Network, an affiliate of the UAE National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology yesterday detected an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale, the epicentre of which was the Iranian Island of Gishm in the Arabian Gulf. Tremors from the earthquake were strongly felt in the UAE, particularly in the Northern emirates but more lightly in Abu Dhabi. Aftershocks from the earthquake, which occurred at 3: 00 pm, were later felt at 3:33pm, measuring 4.8 On the Richter ...  >>MORE

Mansour bin Zayed chairs NCMS's first meeting

Posted on 22/06/2008

HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs yesterday presided over the first meeting of the board of trustees of the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), held at the Presidential Palace. The board approved the Centre's bylaws and organisation structure. It has decided to endorse appointment of Abdullah Ahmed Al Mandous, the Centre's Executive Director, as the UAE's Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). During the ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi Municipality completes revamping seismic control system, constructs network of 50 stations


UAE has no major seismic sources - NCMS official


5.5-magnitude earthquake hits South Iran, 300 kilometre from Abu Dhabi


Iranian earthquake felt in parts of UAE


Mild tremor hits UAE's Dibba at midnight


Abu Dhabi City Municipality showcases spatial data projects during UAE University Geological Day of UAE University


Abu Dhabi shares GIS expertise at Esri User Conference in San Diego


UAE not affected by southern Iran quake


Dubai earthquake code updated


UAE not affected by southern Iran quake


Iran quake: UAE buildings structurally sound, officials say


Massive quake hits Iran, felt across UAE


Iran earthquake felt in UAE and Arabian Gulf


Three earthquakes in northern regions


5 more seismic stations set up


NCMS dispels earthquake rumours


Tremor hits Masafi district in Fujairah


Quake monitor launched in Sharjah


Japan quake won't affect UAE or region


Mild tremor at Huwailat


Tremor in Fujairah


UAE-Slovenian geomorphologists to study RAK caves


Tremors from Pakistan quake ripple across UAE


UAE's National stations for monitoring earthquake records tremor in Shiraz


Team searches for sources of marble in UAE


Dubai Municipality brushes aside fears on impact of recent earthquakes in Dubai


Earthquake hits eastern Hatta


UAE's National Seismic Network records tremor at Al Madam


Earthquake measuring 3.4 on Richter scale in Dibba Al Hisn


Minor tremor felt in northern emirates of the UAE


Mild tremor felt in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah


Quake risk assessment of buildings in Abu Dhabi


Tremor in Gulf of Oman


No threat of seismic activity in country after tremors hit UAE


Mild tremor in Iran felt in UAE northern parts


Iranian tremor felt in UAE northern emirates


Rock found in UAE and Oman could absorb CO2


National Seismic Network records earth tremor in Southern Iran


UAE's National Seismic Network detects 17 tremors


Tremors from earthquake in the Iranian Island of Gishm felt in the UAE


Mansour bin Zayed chairs NCMS's first meeting