JSO records 818 seismic activities in 2021

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A seismograph records an earthquake on a sheet of paper. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — The Jordan Seismological Observatory (JSO) of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources recorded 818 seismic activities during 2021 and more than 50 earthquakes in 2022, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported Saturday.اضافة اعلان

The seismic activities included local and regional earthquakes; 432 distant tremors were recorded, the majority concentrated in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the JSO added.

Jordan is located on the eastern edge of the Dead Sea, on the fault line extending from the Red Sea gulf in the south to southern Turkey, in the north, some 1,100 km.

The Levant has been a seismically active region throughout history, with mostly tremors that can barely be felt.

JSO is the Kingdom’s sole official body that owns seismic monitoring devices, its head, Ghassan Sweidan, said.

Work is under way to prepare a seismic hazard study for the Petra region; 50 percent of natural vibration points in the target area have been completed during 2021, he said.

Sweidan also said that two new seismic monitoring stations have been installed at Al al-Bayt University and Al-Asha region, on the northern border, in Irbid, bringing the total seismic monitoring stations to 22 countrywide; they work round the clock all year round.

On January 23, Sweidan told local media outlets that an earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale was felt by the residents of northern Jordan.

The last time Amman was hit by a big earthquake was 95 years ago (July 11, 1927, at 3:04pm). The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale.

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