In a relatively rare geological event, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) experienced a minor earthquake with a magnitude of 1.6, causing mild tremors in the Fujairah area. The incident occurred on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at approximately 6:18 AM local time, with its epicenter located at a depth of 5 kilometers.
Earthquake: Local Reports of Tremors
Following the minor earthquake, several residents living in the vicinity of Fujairah reported experiencing minor tremors. The phenomenon led to a flurry of social media posts, with some individuals sharing their experiences. Notably, one commenter mentioned feeling the tremors in the Al Badia area.
No Significant Impact on the UAE
Despite the occurrence of this minor temblor, there have been no reports of significant effects or damage in the country. The situation remains under control, and authorities have not issued any alerts or warnings.
It’s essential to understand that experts have consistently assured UAE residents that they need not be overly concerned about the prospect of earthquakes. The UAE is situated in an area with low to moderate seismic activity and is not located on an active seismic belt.
Khalifa Al Ebri, the director of the Department of Seismology at the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM), has previously elaborated on this point. He explained that the UAE experiences frequent but mostly unfelt tremors. In fact, many of these tremors are only detected by seismological sensors and do not have a tangible impact on buildings or infrastructure in the country.
The minor earthquake in Fujairah, with a magnitude of 1.6, did indeed result in some residents feeling mild tremors. However, the UAE’s geological positioning in a region with low to moderate seismic activity ensures that the country remains well-protected from the more significant seismic events that can impact other areas.