Dubai's buildings safe from neighboring quakes: official

08:24, August 13, 2010      

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Dubai, a member of the seven- strong federation United Arab Emirates (UAE), has never had a single structure affected by the aftershocks from earthquakes hitting neighboring countries, a senior official of Dubai Municipality said Thursday.

"Dubai does not fall in the earthquake zone. We do feel the aftershocks, but no structure has ever been affected because of it, " Mohammed Mashroom, director of Dubai Municipality's Survey Department, was quoted as saying by news website Emirates 24/7.

According to Emirates 24/7, the latest Globe of Natural Hazards report by Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurance company, categorized the UAE as Zone 2 -- MM VII, a rating refers to "very strong" on its earthquake intensity scale.

Mashroom, however, said all the buildings in Dubai have and are being built as per the code of earthquakes, adding that his department keeps updating the code and has recently done so.

"History does prove that we are not in an earthquake zone, all the buildings in Dubai meet the earthquake resistance code," he said.

The official said Dubai Municipality had already launched a system in the UAE to monitor the movements of the earth's crust according to the latest technologies in the field of seismology, which consists of four field stations.

Each station contains a device to record the seismic activity and another device for recording acceleration of the earth as the stations are distributed in different parts of Dubai, Mashroom said.

Last month, the state news agency WAM reported that the network monitored a set of earthquakes with up to 5.7 on the Richter scale in southern Iran, 220 km northwest of Dubai, with some residents of high-rise towers in the sheikdom feeling a slight tremor of short duration.

Source: Xinhua


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