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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 April 2019

Earthquake felt in UAE

A minor tremor was recorded in the northern emirates on Wednesday afternoon

The mountains of Marbad, an area near Masafi, in Fujairah. Pawan Singh / The National 
The mountains of Marbad, an area near Masafi, in Fujairah. Pawan Singh / The National 

Residents of Masafi reported feeling gentle tremors in the afternoon on Wednesday — a result of an earthquake that struck the town.

Soon after, the National Centre of Meteorology confirmed that the border town between Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah was hit by a 2.1 magnitude tremor at 4pm. It said the earthquake occurred at a depth of 11km and that nobody was injured and no buildings were damaged.

The UAE sits on the Arabian tectonic plate but its border with the Eurasian plate, which strikes through the Gulf of Oman, makes the country susceptible to tremors.

The Arabian plate is moving northwards at about 3cm per year — approximately the rate at which human fingernails grow — and is bumping into the Eurasian plate, which covers a vast swathe of Europe and Asia. Where they collide the Zagros Mountains have been formed and instability results.

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