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Monday, November 28, 2005

Quaking

I was at home and I missed it (isn't that a line from a song?). Missed what? The earth tremor that hit Dubai and Northern Emirates yesterday. Tall buildings were evacuated amid panic and confusion. The tremor was caused by the Richter 6.1 quake at Qeshm Island in Iran.

Seismologists are predicting that the UAE could well see its own major quake before too long. There is a fault line that runs along the coast from Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah, and another one, the Dibba fault, that has caused several minor quakes in the Masafi area in recent years, and is apparently due to let go a big one any time now.

We are assured by the authorities that our tall buildings are 'earthquake-proof'.

1 Comments:

Blogger BuJ said...

Keefie,

Rest assured that all Dubai towers designed in the last 7 years or so are designed to the latest amendment to the building codes (actually based on the British Standards 8110 and 5950 but with much tighter tolerances). Dubai Municipality is quite strict about these things.

One thing though, when buildings are designed to resist earthquakes they are actually designed to be a bit more flexible than your average building (and usually with bigger escape routes). Thus in the unfortunate event of an earthquake the building will shake a bit more but nothing serious will happen to the structure. However, this is no guarantee that the windows won't pop (they are non-structural).

So, please do not stand near a building if it has been evacuated.

4:18 am  

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