DUBAI— UAE authorities have denied reports of tremors in parts of the country last night and early this morning.
The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi and the Survey Department of Dubai Municipality, which closely monitors seismic activities in the region, dismissed reports that rattling in buildings reportedly felt by some residents were caused by tremors or aftershocks.
Officials confirmed to Khaleej Times on Wednesday that no seismic activity that could be felt in the UAE was recorded since Tuesday. They said the only event that was reported this morning was a minor tremor in southern Iran.
“It was a miniscule one. There is no chance it can be felt here,” said a seismologist with the Municipality.
Some residents in Jumeirah and Safa areas in Dubai claimed their windows rattled last night. Officials said the incidents could have been caused by human activities that took place close to their areas.
They also denied an online report quoting NCMS, which mentioned “a tremor off the coast of Muscat”. “That tremor felt off the coast of Muscat took place on June 1, not yesterday or today,” said the seismologist.
NCMS clarified in a statement that the last seismic activity monitored by the national network for monitoring earthquakes in south of Iran was at 9:16 am yesterday. The magnitude of the tremor was 4.2 on the Richter scale, about 400 km away from the country. “Therefore it was not possible to feel intensity of the earthquake due to its weak power and far-off proximity,” the statement said. — email@example.com