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No harm from earthquakes in neighbouring countries

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has assured the public not to panic over earthquakes, affirming that the Arabian Peninsula is far afield from seismic activities and it only feels the tremors of earthquakes taking place in neighbouring countries.

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Published: Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:48 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:55 AM

Speaking to the Direct Line programme of Sharjah TV this evening, Shaikh Sultan described a tweet quoting the US Geological Survey that an earthquake measuring 10 magnitude on the Richter scale could strike the Gulf region between 25 to 30 April, reducing the entire region to rubble as “illogical, unacceptable because no one can predict when earthquake may strike”.

He ridiculed that tweet, saying a 10-magnitude earthquake could devastate the whole earth, not the Gulf region only.

On the recent earthquake that struck a region on Iranian-Pakistani border, Shaikh Sultan explained that the UAE is 800 kilometres away from the quake epicentre and whatever earthquakes taking place near the Arabian Peninsula their effect will only make high-rise buildings sway.

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