An earthquake measuring 4.1 degrees on the Richter scale struck this afternoon, Saturday 28th November, in the northeastern Damascus countryside.
The National Seismic Center stated that its seismic nationwide network stations recorded a tremor of 4.1 magnitude on the Richter scale just north-east of Damascus, about 51 km and a depth of 7.9 km at 1:45 pm local time.
This follows the earthquake of 4.3 magnitude on the Richter scale that struck northeast of Damascus at the same site shortly after midnight on November 27th.
3 months ago, on the 25th of August, an earthquake of 3.1 magnitude on the Richter scale was recorded about 25 kilometers in the west of Hama, central Syria. The earthquake was at 17.9 kilometers depth.
In the same month on the 12th of August, an earthquake of 3.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale struck the Syrian coast 30 kilometers to the west of Latakia.
Syria Enters the Earthquake Era:
20 years ago, in early November 2000, Dr. Talal Ballani, Director General of the General Organization for Geology and Mineral Resources, said on the symposium’s topics: The Arab-African subversive fault that extends from the Iskenderun Strip in the north to the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea and then to the southern outskirts of the African continent with a length ranging between 3-4 thousand kilometers is a seismic hazard of the second degree and the most dangerous site on this fault is the northern part of the Arab plate, meaning the Syrian lands, specifically the northwestern sides of it from the Iskenderun Strip to the Al-Ghab, then to the Bekaa, Jordan, and Palestine to Aqaba and the Red Sea.
Dr. Ballani: The Syrian government has established a seismic monitoring network at the country level, as we have about 50 monitoring stations that work throughout the day and monitor the earth’s crust movement permanently indicating that there are natural movements where thousands of tremors occur daily on the surface of the earth’s crust, so if the focus of the earthquake is close to the surface the person feels it, adding that when the tremors are normal, the indicator for the seismic line is simple and normal. As for when there are records of abnormal movements and repetition of these movements, the indicator gives danger.
Dr. Ballani said that the seismic events are recorded and that the last devastating earthquake in the region was in 1759, and the epicenter of the earthquake was in Baalbek and hit the Syrian region along the fault line of Aleppo. Ballani also added that there are indications of seismic focus shifting southwards, heading to cities in Palestine, Lebanon, Damascus, and its countryside, and its strength was estimated at 7 magnitude on the Richter scale, indicating that there is a seismic study saying that the earthquake occurs every 240-300 years
The last earthquake in the region, 1759, destroyed sixty percent of Damascus when its buildings did not exceed two floors. This means that we are on the threshold of seismic danger, Dr. Ballani noted back in November 2000.