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Sat 9 Feb 2008 06:30 PM

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Tremors continue to shake UAE

Two mild tremors hit Masafi measuring 2.8 on Richter scale, follow five moderate quakes last week.

Two light earth tremors hit Masafi Friday evening, according to the National Meteorology and Earthquake Centre, the latest in a string of mild earthquakes to strike the UAE in just over a week.

The centre said the first occurred at exactly 20.05 local time, while the second occurred around thirty minutes later, reported state news agency Wam.

The two tremors, each measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale, did not cause any damage, although both were felt by residents of the affected areas as the epicentre was less then two kilometres from the surface of the earth, the centre said.

Five moderate earthquakes hit the UAE's east coast in the space of two days at the beginning of last week, the most powerful of which measured 4.4.

The tremors follow a warning by the Kuwait-based Regional Organisation for the Protection of the Marine Environment (Ropme) that it is "only a matter of time" before a major quake hits the Gulf region.

However, European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) Secretary-General Remy Bossu told ArabianBusiness.com last week at the succession of mild earth tremors were not necessarily a warning that larger earthquakes were on the way.

“These UAE events are minor ones and can occur any time and nearly everywhere,” Bossu said.

He said minor earthquakes were often grouped together in area and time, and it was not abnormal to observe several events in such a short space of time.

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