Earthquake recorded in Oman as officials confirm tremor
July 4, 2015 | 4:17 PM
Earthquake in Sea of Oman will not trigger tsunami. - Times photo

Muscat: An earthquake measuring 5.4 on Richter scale was recorded at the Sultan Qaboos University’s earthquake monitoring centre at around 4:45am.

“Our centre recorded the earthquake. So far we have not received any report of damage due to the earthquake,” an official from the centre said.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the earthquake was 362km southeast of Salalah, in the Sea of Oman. The earthquake was 10.0 km deep.

“The quake won’t trigger any tsunami,” the official added.

In April and May also, a series of earthquakes with magnitudes ranging between 4 and 5 on the Richter scale were recorded in Oman.

According to experts, northern parts of the Sultanate are more vulnerable to earthquakes.

Scientists who have studied seismic hazards for the Sultanate say that based upon calculations on how hard the earth shakes in a given geographic area (Peak Ground Acceleration), the highest hazard has been found in the northernmost city of Khasab.

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