Earthquake off Jeddah coast

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An earthquake hit the middle of the Red Sea on Tuesday, 91 km from Jeddah, the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) announced. “This (Tuesday) morning, there was a tremor in the middle of the Red Sea, 91 km from Jeddah, 3 degrees on the Richter scale, and the quake is at a depth of 20.88 km,” a tweet from its official account said.

SGS official spokesman Tariq Aba Al-Khalil said the quake was not felt in any of the coastal cities near the earthquake epicenter because of its weakness.

A few years back a study by a team of Saudi and US scientists published in Nature Geoscience and Nature warned that western regions of Saudi Arabia may be at risk from an unusual type of earthquake caused by failed volcanic eruptions. Between April and June 2009, more than 30,000 earthquakes caused by a failed volcano eruption struck an area of northwest Saudi Arabia that was considered seismically inactive.

The study’s Saudi author, Hani Zahran, director of the National Centre for Earthquakes and Volcanoes at the Saudi Geological Survey, in Jeddah, told SciDev.Net that seismic activity in the region is now weak and that a new earthquake is unlikely.

Source Credit: Saudi Gazette
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