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Bigger quake possible

Breaking Seismic News: Dubai
*Latest tremor located 'very close to where one occurred in November 2005'.

March 12, 2007
ARABIAN SEA - Saturday night's earthquake is an indication of a possibly bigger earthquake in the waiting, said a professor at the American University of Sharjah. The epicentre of the quake was the Arabian Sea, some 74km southwest of Qeshm island of Iran and about 160km from Sharjah and Dubai. The intensity of the quake was 4 on the Richter Scale and it was located 18km deep in the sea. "It was very close to the place where the earthquake measuring at magnitude 5.9 on Richter Scale struck on November 27, 2005. This is not a good sign. Repeated seismic activities at the same spot indicate a bigger earthquake in the waiting - as big as magnitude 7 on the Richter scale." There has been a noticeable increase in the magnitude and frequency of seismic events in the northern region of the UAE. "There are several earthquake events that took place in recent years and this is the result of increased seismic activity in Southern Zagros fault and Markan subduction zone." (MAP)
Residents of Masafi, where Saturday evening's earthquake was most strongly felt, have described how panic and fear forced many people to spend the night outside their homes. Many residents recalled the last time a major earthquake hit the area almost exactly 5 years ago on March 11, 2002.

Another strong quake rattles area near Kuril Islands
March 11, 2007
The sea floor below the Kuril Islands northeast of Japan continues to slip and slide, with another major earthquake reported at 9:09 p.m. yesterday, Hawai'i time.
The latest quake was assigned a preliminary magnitude of 6.1.
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