Not only does Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city get to have all the usual problems involving exploding population within a geographically/geologically limited area. Not only does it have to deal with flood waters raging down the wadis when there’s significant rain. Now, Arab News reports, the city needs to concern itself with earthquakes.
The newspaper carries a report from the Saudi Geological Survey saying that Jeddah is subject to the effects of the spreading of the Red Sea. While construction in Jeddah has not been done to any particular ‘earthquake-proof’ standard, authorities assure one and all that buildings are sufficiently strong to withstand earthquakes.
Geological survey says Jeddah vulnerable to earthquakes
JEDDAH: The president of the Saudi Geological Survey has said there is a possibility of a strong earthquake at the Red Sea’s
“Its implications cannot be predicted,” said Zuhair Nawab in an interview with Arab News.
His statement comes at a time when rumors on the Internet spread that an earthquake might hit Jeddah sometime soon.
Nawab denied these rumors, saying there is no scientific timing for the earthquake to happen. “The vulnerability of Jeddah to an earthquake like the one that hit Cairo in 1992 is something possible. The whole western coast is classified as an earthquake zone, although most of those that hit the area are small ones,” he said.