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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - GEOLOGY

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

UAE signs the statute for Arab Centre for earthquake disaster prevention

Posted on 13/05/2008

Cairo - United Arab Emirates yesterday signed the statute of the Arab Centre for prevention of earthquake calamities and other natural disasters. On behalf of Foreign Minister HH Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE's ambassador to Egypt and the Permanent representative to Arab League Ahmed Ali Nasser Al Za'abi put the final signature on the statute at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo in the presence of senior officials. Adviser to Arab League's Secretary General Mohammed Ridhwan bin ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Energy, BGS ink deal for magnetic, gravity surveys

Posted on 14/04/2008

HE Mohammed bin Dha'en Al Hameli, Minister of Energy and Professor John Ludden Executive Director of the British Geological Survey have signed a contract under which the BGS will conduct airborne magnetic and gravity surveys of the UAE as well as produce world class geological maps of different scales. These studies are a continuation of the studies conducted by the Ministry in collaboration with the British Geological Survey over the mountainous and adjacent areas from Ras Al Khaimah to Al ...  >>MORE

Anhydrite-rich soil discovered in Abu Dhabi coastal area

Posted on 18/03/2008

A new type of soil rich in Anhydrite (Calcium Sulphate - CaSO4), a mineral known for its value for construction purposes, was discovered only 70 cm deep in the coastal sabkha (salt flat) of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced to the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD). According to EAD Secretary General Majid Al-Mansouri, high salinity and high temperatures preserve this mineral and prevent its conversion to gypsum which is a white or colourless mineral consisting of hydrated calcium sulphate ...  >>MORE

Mountains in Masafi 'rise by 4 cm'

Posted on 23/02/2008

The Masafi earthquake on March 10 last year might have caused the mountains of east Ras Al Khaimah to uplift by up to four centimetres, according to geoscientists. Studies conducted by scientists from the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi and the Japan Oil Development Company showed that the Masafi earthquake had caused the Musandam mountain area of east Ras Al Khaimah to uplift by up to four centimetres while the Musandam peninsula in the Khasab area went down by up to three centimetres, said ...  >>MORE

Earth tremor hit Masafi

Posted on 10/02/2008

Two light earth tremors hit Masafi Friday evening, the first occurred at exactly 20:05 local time, while the second occurred about thirty minutes later, according to the National Meteorology and Earthquake Centre. The centre said the two tremors, each measuring 2.8 degree on the Richter scale, did not cause any damage, although both were felt by residents of the affected areas as the epicentre was less than 2 kilometres from the surface of the earth. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Earthquake jolts Fujairah, but no damage reported

Posted on 03/02/2008

An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale hit Dibba Al Fujairah early on Saturday morning. However, no injuries or damage to property was reported, as the tremors felt were mild, residents and officials say. The quake was reported by some residents at 5.44 am. Lieutenant Colonel Ali Obaid Al Tunaiji, Director of Fujairah Civil Defence, told Gulf News there were no reports of injuries or property damage. "We received calls from a number of residents informing us of the tremor but there ...  >>MORE

Book on country's geology published

Posted on 16/05/2007

The Geology Department of the UAE University (UAEU) has published a new book on the UAE's geological features. Titled "Geologic Features of the United Arab Emirates", the book has been written by Dr Benjamin R. Jordan, Assistant Professor of the Geology Department at UAEU. The book includes over 50 images illustrating the diverse and unique geology of the UAE. Each image has a caption written in both English and Arabic. The book has sections on igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks ...  >>MORE

Seismic centre to be equipped with modern technology and expertise

Posted on 13/05/2007

The National Centre for seismic monitoring and meteorology comes in answer to the call of nation and to safeguard our march to development and prosperity, said Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs. He said that UAE's the process of civilization under the prudent leadership of its leader, President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has made this first institution of its kind a national necessity. "We will equip this centre with all the modern technology ...  >>MORE

Earthquake risk in Dubai 'lower than that of London'

Posted on 12/04/2007

The seismic risk in Dubai is lower than that of London and it is not dangerous as has been reported in some risk assessment reports, said an expert. "There is also no possibility of a tsunami in this region because Arabian Gulf waters are not deep enough to trigger a tsunami," said Angus McFarlane, Technical Director of Building Structures at Hyder Consulting Middle East. Speaking at a seminar on 'Seismic Hazards in the Gulf', he said the seismic risk assessment indicates that the seismic ...  >>MORE

Seismic seminar set to move the earth for Dubai’s architects

Posted on 09/04/2007

A new seismic centre hazard assessment method for the Gulf will be presented in a special seminar to be organised by Dubai Municipality. This exercise is part of the municipality's initiative to offer a continuous learning environment for the local architects and consultant engineers. The seminar – titled Seismic Hazards in the Gulf – will be held tomorrow at the City Hall and is organised in association with Hyder Consulting. Osama Ali Safi, Head of Qualification and Building Studies ...  >>MORE

UAE plans earthquake monitoring centre

Posted on 12/03/2007

The UAE plans to set up an earthquake monitoring centre as experts warned that repeated seismic activity near Qeshm island off Iran indicates the possibility of a bigger quake striking the region. Residents of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah spent an uneasy Saturday night following tremors after 10pm. WAM reported that the Ministerial Service Council has approved the setting up of a meteorology and seismic monitoring centre during a meeting presided over by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ...  >>MORE

Earthquake hits UAE's East Coast

Posted on 11/03/2007

A moderate tremor and at least three aftershocks hit the UAE's East Coast last night, triggering panic and prompting residents in several areas of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah to run out of their homes in the belief that a major earthquake had struck, police and Civil Defence officials said. The strongest tremors were felt in Masafi, Manama, Bidiya, Siji and other mountainous villages in the Hajar Mountain range near Dhaid, while Adhan and Al Ghal in Ras Al Khaimah experienced minor jolts, ...  >>MORE

Quake warning system in Dubai

Posted on 25/02/2007

The Dubai Municipality has set up the first Earthquake Warning System in the UAE. The system has been developed in line with the recent techniques being adopted to monitor seismic activity and the movement of earth crust. The tremor warning system consists of four large-scale field monitoring stations. Each station contains an apparatus for recording vibrations and movements of earth. Engineer Hassan Lootah said that the municipality had set up these tremor monitoring stations in Hatta, ...  >>MORE

Mild tremors on East Coast

Posted on 23/10/2006

Residents on the East Coast felt mild tremors yesterday morning but no injuries or damage to properties were reported.Residents say they felt a minor shaking of the earth just before 9am, which lasted about five seconds. Minor tremors were reported by residents in Khor Fakkan, Al Nahwa, Shayce, Bedia, Dibba Al Hosn and Dibba Al Fujairah. Abdullah Khalfan, a teacher in Al Nahwa, said: "At about 8.55am, we felt the earth shaking and the children ran from the other rooms to the family room. ...  >>MORE

Quake tremors felt in the Northern emirates of the UAE

Posted on 01/07/2006

Some areas of the UAE's northern emirates has experienced mild quake tremors which were felt by dwellers of high-rise buildings, according to an official source at the Meteorology Department. The department said in a statement that it had contacted the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre after its offices in Abu Dhabi were inundated with calls by the public and newsmen, seeking information about what they believed to be tremors. "Contacts with the European Seismological Centre showed ...  >>MORE

Northern emirate residents feel Bandar Abbas tremor

Posted on 01/03/2006

Sources from the Meteorological Survey Centre have said that areas in the Northern Emirates have been affected by an earth quake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale which hit the region. The sources said residents of Dubai and the Northern Emirates felt the magnitude of the quake, which has its epicentre at north of Bandar Abbas, adding that it is natural that the quake would be followed by tremors at lesser magnitudes. Data collected during the tremor recorded various magnitudes of tremors at ...  >>MORE

Hajar mountains may yield precious minerals

Posted on 28/02/2006

UAE and Australian scientists are joining hands to prospect for platinum and gold, among other precious minerals, in the UAE's Hajar mountains. Natural deposits of platinum group elements (PGE) have recently been reported in the Omani section of the Hajar mountain range. The range is located in both the neighbouring countries. The UAE University (UAEU) has recently signed a memorandum of understanding in Sydney with an Australian national research centre. Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Assistant ...  >>MORE

UAE signs contract for installation of an advanced earthquake monitoring station

Posted on 30/11/2005

An agreement for the installation of the first ever earthquake monitoring station in the UAE was today concluded between the University of Sharjah and the Institute of Geophysics of California University , San Diego , attended by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and Supreme Chairman of the University of Sharjah. Dr. Ismael Mohammed Bushra, Director of the University of Sharjah signed for the university and Dr. Peter Davis, ...  >>MORE

UAE to set up seismic monitoring station

Posted on 30/11/2005

The United Arab Emirates has decided to build a specialised centre for seismic monitoring and early warning, said Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Communications. The centre will be affiliated to the Ministry. The Meteorological Department at the Ministry said that steps were already underway to establish the centre. It added that relevant studies were ready and that the centre will be operational during the first half of 2006. The centre, according to the department, will be capable ...  >>MORE

Mild tremor hits Khorfakkan

Posted on 29/11/2005

A mild tremor hit Khorfakkan city early morning today, which continued for six seconds and was felt by Khorfakkan inhabitants. The Eastern region police centre in Khorfakkan confirmed that it has received many calls from the citizens inquiring about the tremor. The source added that it has reassured the callers that the tremor was part of the aftershocks linked to the earthquake that hit the Iranian island of Qeshm on Sunday. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's Ruler to sign agreement for establishment of advanced earthquake monitoring installation

Posted on 29/11/2005

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and Supreme Chairman of the University of Sharjah will sign today an agreement for the construction of an advanced installation in the emirate for monitoring earthquakes. The agreement will be signed with the University of California represented by Peter Davis, an expert at the Geophysics Institute. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Very light tremors hit UAE

Posted on 28/11/2005

Sheikha Mouza Al Mualla, Under Secretary of the Communications Ministry and UAE's Representative at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said here on Sunday that tremors were felt in many areas of the UAE, particularly in the Northern emirates. "In view of the absence of a specialised resource body to deal with such instances, many people panicked as there was no one to handle their queries and allay their fears. The Metrological Department of the Ministry of Communications received ...  >>MORE

Quake monitoring station to keep a watch for seismic shifts

Posted on 11/11/2005

An advanced earthquake monitoring station will be set up in the UAE to help scientists study the movement of the Arabian Tectonic Plate and monitor earthquakes and other seismic anomalies in the emirates. The development is part of a joint research project that has been finalised between the UAE University and Washington University in St. Louis, said Dr Fadhil N. Sadooni, Chairman of the Geology Department at the UAE University (UAEU) as quoted by Gulf News daily. The installation would ...  >>MORE

Scientists seek disaster management plans

Posted on 22/01/2005

There is no chance of a tsunami hitting the UAE, say scientists. They have, however, warned that the country should prepare for the threat of earthquakes from the active fault line near Dibba. "There will be no tsunami here as the UAE is outside any danger zone. I can completely rule out this phenomenon. "Although we are near the Zagros Fault, the UAE is in a relatively calm region and there is no danger of tsunamis," said Dr Mufid Samarai, Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of ...  >>MORE

Minor tremors hit Dibba

Posted on 12/01/2005

Four rapid, minor tremors were felt last evening in Dibba Al Fujairah city and its adjacent areas. Residents in Dibba felt the earth shaking four times, each not more than five seconds. Sources at Dibba Al Fujairah police department confirmed the tremors and said the first was the strongest. However, no damage was reported. "The seismic readings on the equipment at the Civil Defence Department in Dibba will be analysed to measure the magnitude of the tremors," the source said. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Dibba calm as tremors recede

Posted on 26/10/2004

Tremors, which occurred during the first days of the holy month of Ramadan in Dibba Al Fujairah, stemmed from nearby regions, according to Matar Saleh Al Kaby, Director of Dibba Fujairah Municipality. The first epicentre of the first jolt, which took place on the first day of Ramadan (Friday, October 15) at 5.08pm and measured at 2.7 on an open-ended Richter scale was in the Arabian Gulf. The epicentre of the other five tremors, whose force measured 2.2 on Richter scale, was Iran, he said. ...  >>MORE

Tremor possibility sparks calls for emergency plans

Posted on 25/10/2004

An earthquake measuring 5 to 6.5 on the Richter scale could soon hit Dibba, an eminent scientist said. "If it happens, nearby cities, including Sharjah and Dubai, will also be affected," said Dr Azm Al Homoud, a scholar at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). People in Dibba have felt at least 20 tremors in the past nine days and this indicates a major earthquake waiting to hit the area, said Dr Al Homoud, earthquake specialist and professor of civil engineering at the university. He ...  >>MORE

Scientists search for clues as mild tremor hits Dibba

Posted on 17/10/2004

A mild tremor felt in Dibba on Friday was nothing but a minor movement in the Dibba Fault, which is an active one, an expert said. "None of the four earthquake monitoring stations installed in the northern emirates have detected anything like an earthquake," said Dr Azm Al Homoud, professor of civil engineering at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). "It was some kind of local tectonic movement involving the Dibba Fault, which is connected to the Zagros fault a major fault that lies on ...  >>MORE

Shockwaves from Bam earthquake felt in UAE

Posted on 31/12/2003

The American University of Sharjah's Earthquake Monitoring Stations in Fujairah, Masafi and Ras Al Khaimah has recorded repeated shockwaves following the devastating earthquake in Bam, Iran. Dr Azm Al Homoud, an expert and professor of civil engineering at the AUS, said: "We recorded shockwaves at least 33 times since the Bam earthquake on Friday." The station in Fujairah also recorded a minor earthquake at 7.44am on December 25, around 24 hours prior to the earthquake in Bam. Dr Al Homoud ...  >>MORE

Earthquake felt in northern emirates

Posted on 04/12/2003

A puzzling tremor was reported by residents in several parts of the northern emirates late yesterday evening. There were no casualties, except an infant in Ras Al Khaimah who fell from his cot and suffered minor injuries. Some loss to property was also reported. Officials discounted the possibility of an earthquake, noting it might have been caused by an explosion in the mountains as a result of quarrying activities. There could be no independent verification of what caused the tremor at the ...  >>MORE

Seismic monitoring facility installed at university lab to study tremors

Posted on 06/11/2003

The intensity of earth tremors in the Northern Emirates could be slightly higher than in other areas of the country. Fadhil N. Sadooni, Chairman of the Department of Geology at the UAEU, revealed this as he announced the installation of new equipment at the seismic laboratory at the UAE University (UAEU) to better monitor seismic anomalies in the Emirates and the region. The equipment includes computers and software to help the laboratory enhance processing of the recorded seismic movements, ...  >>MORE

Sands of time

Posted on 02/08/2003

One of the most common souvenirs that one takes back from the UAE is a frame that holds within it thin rivers of sand in seven hues. The rivers ebb and flow to form fascinating multi-hued images of solidity in motion. On some frames, a caravan of camels walks past the sand skeins, encapsulating in perfection the unique essence of the UAE. The 'seven sands' is, indeed, an unforgettable piece of memorabilia that makes you wonder about the winds of time that have blown across the UAE's stunningly ...  >>MORE

UAE, US cooperate on seismic research

Posted on 15/07/2003

California - The US Department of Energy is collaborating with the UAE to bring seismology research to the Gulf region, according to a story by an American newspaper. The Contra Costa Times said that the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory has collaborated with the Emirates University to execute the project after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck the UAE in March 2002, which made the UAE government officials to appoint the Emirates University to study potential earthquake hazard. But the country has ...  >>MORE

UAE 'susceptible' to quakes

Posted on 09/07/2003

The UAE is extremely susceptible to earthquakes given its proximity to the Zagros earthquake belt in southern Iran, which has led the international working group that assembled the world-map for seismic hazard (GSHAP) to expect high ground accelerations in the country, on the same scale as California, Turkey or Iran, according to a researcher at the American University of Sharjah (AUS). In an exclusive interview to Khaleej Times, Azm S. Al Homoud, Professor of Civil Engineering at AUS, said ...  >>MORE

Pilot study to assess buildings prone to quakes

Posted on 22/06/2003

Scientists have urged the need to evaluate the vulnerability of buildings in the region to earthquakes. Some buildings in the UAE, especially those built more than 10 years ago, could be unsafe because structural changes may not have been taken into account. The scientists outlined the reasons for conducting this study, saying that the UAE has been classified as a danger zone for 'ground accelerations' due to earthquakes. The map by the international team of specialists shows accelerations ...  >>MORE

Seismic stations in Al Ain, Fujairah highly sensitive

Posted on 17/05/2003

The two recently-installed seismic stations in Al Ain and Fujairah are so sensitive that even as they were being installed they picked up shockwaves from two earthquakes more some 5,000 km away in Indonesia. Now, they will form a first line of defence for the UAE by monitoring earth movements in the region, which recently suffered two damaging tremors in the Northern Emirates. The super-sensitive detectors recorded earthquakes of magnitudes 6.5 and 6.2 on the Richter scale during installation. ...  >>MORE

UAE University sets up first seismic monitors

Posted on 07/05/2003

The UAE University (UAEU) has set up the country's first facility to monitor earthquakes and other geological activity in the Emirates and the region. Two broadband remote sensing units have been installed, one each in Al Hail near Fujairah, and Mezayed district near Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. The latter started functioning on Monday. The facility was inaugurated yesterday by Marcelle M. Wahba, the U.S. ambassador, at a ceremony held at the Department of Geology of the university. The ...  >>MORE

Call to reassess quake risk

Posted on 23/04/2003

Scientists have urged the need to re-examine earthquake hazards and estimate risks to the population and economy in the UAE. Although an earthquake hazard has not been an issue in the UAE until recently, there are now at least three reasons to address the threat, they warned. Firstly, they said the hazard in the UAE is approximately the same as that in parts of California, Turkey and Iran. Secondly, a major fault of unknown seismic activity level runs along the West Coast of the country, right ...  >>MORE

Digital geological map of Dubai being readied

Posted on 22/12/2002

Building and construction projects in the Emirate of Dubai will soon be able to have a preliminary soil analysis report from the Dubai Central Laboratory Department (DCLD) of Dubai Municipality, speeding up the process of land selection by minimising false starts and cutting down on expenditure on exhaustive site inspection. Dr Abdulghafoor Qasimi, Assistant Director for Research and Standardisation Affairs at DCLD, said that all construction projects, whether big or small, have to submit a ...  >>MORE

Met department plans seismic facility

Posted on 10/11/2002

The Meteorology Department of the Ministry of Communications has submitted a plan to set up a National Seismological Centre in the UAE to monitor earth movements. The plan, which proposes an estimated US$3.39 million seismic facility, has been submitted to the Cabinet, a senior official at the Meteorology Department said, according to a report in "Gulf News.” Sheikha Mowza Ali Hamad Al Mualla, Head of the UAE Meteorological Department, said the growth of urban infrastructure in the UAE has ...  >>MORE

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Mansour bin Zayed chairs NCMS's first meeting


UAE signs the statute for Arab Centre for earthquake disaster prevention


Ministry of Energy, BGS ink deal for magnetic, gravity surveys


Anhydrite-rich soil discovered in Abu Dhabi coastal area


Mountains in Masafi 'rise by 4 cm'


Earth tremor hit Masafi


Earthquake jolts Fujairah, but no damage reported


Book on country's geology published


Seismic centre to be equipped with modern technology and expertise


Earthquake risk in Dubai 'lower than that of London'


Seismic seminar set to move the earth for Dubai’s architects


UAE plans earthquake monitoring centre


Earthquake hits UAE's East Coast


Quake warning system in Dubai


Mild tremors on East Coast


Quake tremors felt in the Northern emirates of the UAE


Northern emirate residents feel Bandar Abbas tremor


Hajar mountains may yield precious minerals


UAE signs contract for installation of an advanced earthquake monitoring station


UAE to set up seismic monitoring station


Mild tremor hits Khorfakkan


Sharjah's Ruler to sign agreement for establishment of advanced earthquake monitoring installation


Very light tremors hit UAE


Quake monitoring station to keep a watch for seismic shifts


Scientists seek disaster management plans


Minor tremors hit Dibba


Dibba calm as tremors recede


Tremor possibility sparks calls for emergency plans


Scientists search for clues as mild tremor hits Dibba


Shockwaves from Bam earthquake felt in UAE


Earthquake felt in northern emirates


Seismic monitoring facility installed at university lab to study tremors


Sands of time


UAE, US cooperate on seismic research


UAE 'susceptible' to quakes


Pilot study to assess buildings prone to quakes


Seismic stations in Al Ain, Fujairah highly sensitive


UAE University sets up first seismic monitors


Call to reassess quake risk


Digital geological map of Dubai being readied


Met department plans seismic facility