Earthquake jolts Strait of Hormuz

National Center of Meteorology & Seismology said the quake occurred at 5:18pm on Sunday off the UAE coast
Earthquake jolts Strait of Hormuz
By Staff writer
Mon 24 Nov 2014 12:12 PM

An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale hit the Strait of Hormuz, northeast of Ras Al Khaimah on Sunday, November 23, according to the National Center of Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS).

The NCMS said the 9-km deep quake occurred at 5:18pm and was not felt in the UAE.

The Gulf region is looking to boost its earthquake monitoring systems and last week it was announced Qatar has installed six seismic sensors to better detect and record information about earthquakes and aftershocks.

Scientists will use the sensors to create daily reports on activity below the earth’s surface, government meteorology specialist Mohammed Jabir Almarri reportedly said.

There is a generally low seismic hazard in the Gulf but nearby countries Iran and Pakistan are prone to earthquakes, which can cause ripple effects in the GCC countries.

However, the 2013 quake in Iran saw buildings evacuated across Gulf cities.

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