Muscat: An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 was reported 245 kilomteres away from Khasab in Hormozgan in Southern Iran. The earthquake happened at around 8.24am today.
Hormozgan province in the southern part of Iran occupies a strategic position on Strait of Hormuz that separates Oman and Iran. The occurrence was monitored and reported by Earthquake Monitoring Centre, Sultan Qaboos University (EMCSQU) through a tweet as soon as the earthquake occurred today.
The Twitter handle of the Earthquake Monitoring Centre mentioned that the epicenter of the earthquake was 15 kilometres deep and no loss of lives or property has been reported.
Earthquake monitoring Center (EMC) is a national Omani research center located in Sultan Qaboos University, established in 2001 to record earthquakes locally, regionally and internationally.
A previous earthquake of 4.6 magnitude was monitored by EMCSQU on November 11 which was 894 KM away from Khasab at Al Ahmadi, Kuwait at 6.56pm. On October 13, an earthquake of magnitude of 5.2, 374km off the shore of Salalah, in Arabian Sea was recorded at 1.30 in the morning.
A much lesser magnitude of 2.1 was recorded on September 13 in Bahla town in Nizwa. On August 31 an earthquake of 5.1-magnitude earthquake was reported 340 kilometre away from Khasab, in southern Iran at 7:36am. The Twitter handle had also reported another earthquake of 5.2 magnitude that happened on August 25, in the Arabian Sea, approximately 570 kilometres away from Salalah at 11:15am local time.