UAE dismisses earthquake fears

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
The UAE has experienced sand storms over the last few days.

The UAE has experienced sand storms over the last few days.

UAE authorities have dismissed rumours circulated on social media that an earthquake is set to strike the northern emirates and have warned residents against believing unofficial weather forecasts.

“The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has cautioned [the] public against believing rumours of an earthquake in the northern parts of the UAE,” according to a statement issued by the WAM news agency.

“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,” it added.

The last earthquakes to strike the UAE were in May 2009 when two earthquakes measuring 4.7 and 5.5 on the Richter scale occurred during the early hours of the morning. The quake's epicentre, measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale, was in southern Iran about 316km from Abu Dhabi, but strong tremors were felt in the UAE.

“There is no way to track [a] coming earthquake. No one in the world can predict [an] earthquake to hit any region, so is the case with Dubai too. It’s just a rumor that [an] earthquake will hit Dubai,” the World Disaster Report blog, which monitors natural disasters around the globe, said of the earthquakes reports circulated online yesterday.

The NCMS announcement comes just days after fears on Twitter of a cyclone about to hit the UAE proved to be false.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Features & Analysis
Making Connections: Lou Lou Khazen Baz

Making Connections: Lou Lou Khazen Baz

In the space of just two years Nabbesh has grown from a bold...

1
Building a BIZness: Q&A with Hazel Jackson

Building a BIZness: Q&A with Hazel Jackson

Since landing in Dubai in the 1990s, Hazel Jackson has built...

Do celebrity branded projects ever work?

Do celebrity branded projects ever work?

The long list of celebrity-endorsed real estate developments...

1
Most Discussed
  • 24
    World's most pierced man refused entry to the UAE

    Tolerance has its limits everywhere including Dubai and those who considered Dubai a lawless circus were held accountable...so thank you Dubai authorities... more

    Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:51 PM - Khalil
  • 23
    Baby NOT on board?

    Some of you cry babies need to get your own personal apartments on the plane ! You cry more then the babies I have seen in my travels. LOL more

    Thursday, 28 August 2014 9:10 AM - Jim
  • 21
    Israel “must be punished” over Gaza, says Dubai police chief

    This high moral ground that Mick is talking abt sound very familiar. May I remind Mick that the US & its British ally alone killed over 1 million innocent... more

    Thursday, 7 August 2014 4:12 PM - Mathew