ISLAMABAD: UAE residents are safe as an earthquake is unlikely to strike these parts, and even if it does, buildings in Dubai are strong enough to withstand quakes of upto 5.9 magnitude.
Officials said that even if quakes do happen here, chances are very, very low. “Sources in the Masafi region in the Northern parts of UAE have a potential of maximum 3-3.5 magnitude, they said, Khaleej Times reported.
The Dubai Municipality officials reiterated that Dubai residents, especially those living in high-rises, do not have to be concerned about thesafety of the buildings.
The new regulation made it mandatory for all new buildings to be as strong as Burj Khalifa in their ability to withstand tremors of up to 5.9 magnitudes on the Richter scale.
Officials from the Building Department said the code which existed prior to that was designed in such a way that all buildings had the capacity to withstand tremors of up to 5.2 magnitude. Studies have however, estimated that the maximum magnitude of the tremors that could strike here was 4.3 on the Richter scale since Dubai does not lie on a fault line.
“Our existing code itself was very conservative and we are confident that all our buildings are very safe,” Moawya Zafarini, head of the structural engineering unit at the department then said.