UAE denies it is developing earthquake prediction technology

National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology refutes media reports it will be able to predict future quakes
UAE denies it is developing earthquake prediction technology
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By Andy Sambidge
Sun 10 Aug 2014 04:43 PM

The UAE's National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) denied on Sunday that it was developing technology to predict earthquakes.

The NCMS said it denied reports by some media and social network websites that "the UAE is nearing to have an ability to predict earthquakes".

In a statement cited by official news agency WAM, the NCMS said the reports were unfounded, adding that there is "absolutely no way to predict earthquakes".

It noted that most important resources of strong seismic activities take place out of the country, particularly in Zagros mountain range in south Iran and Makran seismic fault in south Pakistan.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 occurred last month in Southern Iran on Wednesday morning, with residents in the UAE reportedly feeling the tremors.

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