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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - GEOLOGY

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

Geological survey of eastern UAE begins

Posted on 08/11/2002

A team of eight experts from the British Geological Survey has started preparing geological maps of the eastern regions of the UAE. Richard Ellison, a principal geologist, said that two members of the team are preparing the maps and will submit them to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, according to a report in "Gulf News." He added that the work in preparing the maps will last for three and a half years. The maps of the mountainous areas will be drawn to 1: 50,000 scale, whereas ...  >>MORE

AUS set to install quake-predicting device in Fujairah

Posted on 23/04/2002

A team of American University of Sharjah (AUS) researchers and students is set to install the first indigenously-designed earthquake-predicting devices in parts of Fujairah as the region was again rocked by six mild tremors last Wednesday. The seismic activities recorded in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah area, however, were the vibrations of minor earthquakes occurred close to Bandar Abbas in Iran and not originated in this area, said Prof. Azm S. Al Homoud, AUS professor of civil engineering and ...  >>MORE

UN help for seismology centre

Posted on 09/04/2002

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has offered its assistance to the UAE authorities in setting up a National Seismological Centre (NSC) for the collection of information to prevent damage from earthquakes. According to the proposal, the growth of urban infrastructure in the UAE has brought about an escalation of risk to the urban community from earthquake hazards. This risk can be minimised to ensure sustainable development and community safety by ensuring that all buildings and ...  >>MORE

Naseri inks contract for UAE geological map

Posted on 26/03/2002

The British Geological Survey will undertake detailed geological and geophysical studies in the mountainous and surrounding areas in the UAE extending from Ras Al Khaimah in the north to Al Ain city in the south. A Dh 37 million contract in this respect was signed today by Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Obaid bin Saif Al Naseri and Executive Director of the British Company Dr. Davis Falvey. ' After the conclusion of these studies, the British company will produce high quality, ...  >>MORE

Ministry considers plans to set up committee to study seismic eruptions

Posted on 21/03/2002

The Ministry of Housing and Public Works is considering plans to set up a technical committee to study and set building specifications, taking into account the possibilities of seismic eruptions in the UAE. A meeting held here today discussed a proposal to set a technical committee, consisting of officials from the Ministry of Housing and Public Works and the American University of Sharjah AUS. The committee will be entrusted with the task of studying seismic conditions in the country and ...  >>MORE

Severe quakes ruled out in UAE

Posted on 14/03/2002

The UAE can hardly be struck by a severe earthquake and residents have nothing to fear, said a researcher. Azm S Al Hamoud, professor of civil engineering and an earthquake researcher at the American University of Sharjah, said the quake that struck two days ago measured 5.1 on the Richter scale. There is a very slight chance of having earthquakes measuring between 5.1 to 5.4 or higher, he stressed. He said during the last 90 years there had been no quakes of this magnitude. Minister of ...  >>MORE

Call to set up geological authority

Posted on 13/03/2002

There is an urgent need to set up a geological authority to handle disasters such as tremors and earthquakes. The call was made by a meteorological officer at Sharjah International Airport following mild tremors in different areas of the Northern Emirates early yesterday. The midnight tremors were followed by others in the morning. Ajman residents said there were mild tremors even on Sunday. The Sharjah Civil Defence assured that there were no accidents related to the tremors which occurred ...  >>MORE

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