Oman: 5.3 magnitude earthquake hits 415km from Salalah

Muscat: An earthquake with a 5.3 magnitude was reported 415 kilomteres away from Salalah in the Arabian Sea today at 9:46am local time.

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The Twitter handle of the Earthquake Monitoring Centre at Sultan Qaboos University (EMCSQ) mentioned that the epicenter of the earthquake was 10 kilometres deep. On December 1 an earthquake of 4.8 magnitude was reported 245 kilomteres away from Khasab in Hormozgan in Southern Iran. The earthquake happened at around 8.24 am.

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The Earthquake Monitoring Center at the Sultan Qaboos University (EMCSQ) is a national Omani research center, established in 2001 to record earthquakes locally, regionally and internationally.

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Previous quakes

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A previous earthquake monitored and reported by EMCSQ in Salalah was on October 13 when one with a magnitude of 5.2 hit 374 kilometres off the shore of Salalah, in the Arabian Sea at 1.30am.

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Another earthquake of 5.2 magnitude happened on August 25, again in the Arabian Sea, approximately 570 kilometres away from Salalah at 11:15am local time and was also reported by EMCSQ this year.

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On November 11 this year a quake was reported 894 kilometres away from Khasab at Al Ahmadi, Kuwait at 6.56pm. A much lesser magnitude of 2.1 was reported on September 13 in Bahla town in Nizwa. On August 31 an earthquake of 5.1-magnitude earthquake was reported 340 kilometres away from Khasab, in southern Iran at 7:36am.

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