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Magnitude 2.1 earthquake reported in Dakhliyah on Saturday night

13 Sep 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

An earthquake was reported in the wilayat of Bahla in Dakhliyah governorate on Saturday.

According to Dr Issa el Hussain, director of the Earthquake Monitoring Centre at Sultan Qaboos University, people in Bahla felt the magnitude 2.1 tremor.

He added, “The earthquake was reported in the wilayat of Bahla, Wadi Jibreen and the surrounding areas in Dakhliyah at 9.23pm. It occurred at a depth of 5-10km. It was recorded 27km away from Nizwa.”

Saturday’s earth tremor is a natural phenomenon as it happened within Oman’s mountains, which is a seismic range, Dr Hussain noted. 

Dr Hussain said that some residents of the region felt it because its depth was between 5-10km and it was calm at night.

Dr Hussain informed that the area witnessed a historic earthquake in 1883. It was 5 degrees on the Richter scale.

He said 2-4 degree magnitude earthquakes usually do not cause any destruction.

“The Earthquake Monitoring Centre has so far recorded about 55 earthquakes in the mountains of Oman from 2001, but they were all mild ones.”

 

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