50 earthquake warning stations built in Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) has constructed a state of the art seismic risks monitoring network comprising 50 observation stations. With this, the civic body has completed all phases of its Seismic Risks Monitoring and Management Project.
Musabbah Mubarak Al Murar, acting general manager of ADM, said: “Despite the lack of a historical record of quakes in the UAE, the type of unique installations which have started to mushroom in the emirate – such as modern high-rises – warranted further concentration on seismic impacts. These installations and buildings are vulnerable to … risks of potentially violent tremors from seismic sources nearby or far afield.”
The system aims at safeguarding the existing and future urbanisation projects and vital utilities in Abu Dhabi against seismic risks. It also aims at building an integrated system that helps in chalking out legislations, policies and standards for developing areas, and issuing building permits in such a way to avoid potential seismic risks, explained Al Murar. Details