JSO Records 419 Seismic Activities Since January

Amman, July 9 (Petra) — The Jordan Seismological Observatory (JSO) has recorded 419 seismic activities since the beginning of this year, including 92 local tremors across the Kingdom and its neighboring border regions. The Observatory’s report noted 192 regional earthquakes, mostly concentrated in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, while the number of distant earthquakes was 132, focused in Turkey, Greece, and Iran.

The mid-2024 report issued by the Observatory indicated that local earthquakes were concentrated in Wadi Araba, with 13 earthquakes, the Jordan Valley with 39 earthquakes, Al-Karmel, Tiberias, and neighboring border areas with 39 earthquakes, the Dead Sea with 24 earthquakes, the Gulf of Aqaba and southern border regions with 14 earthquakes, Sarhan with 1 earthquake, and Zarqa with 1 earthquake.

The national seismic monitoring network in Jordan comprises two types of monitoring stations: a weak motion (telemetric) network with 23 stations covering the entire Jordanian territory 20 Jordanian stations, one affiliated with the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), and another with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), all integrated into the Jordanian network. Additionally, 19 strong motion monitoring stations are distributed across major cities and dams to record ground acceleration essential for earthquake-resistant engineering designs. The Observatory operates 24/7, receiving seismic data from all monitoring stations across the Kingdom.

The JSO, established in 1983 and located within the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Amman, monitors seismic activity in Jordan and neighboring regions. The Observatory aims to assess earthquake risks and estimate potential damage from major earthquakes, ensuring preparedness and safety for the Kingdom.

//Petra// RZ
09/07/2024 11:01:43