Saudi geological center denies Jeddah earthquake warnings

The Saudi Geological Survey denied social media allegations that an earthquake warning was issued for the city of Jeddah. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 February 2018
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Saudi geological center denies Jeddah earthquake warnings

JEDDAH: The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) denied social media allegations that an earthquake warning was issued for the city of Jeddah.
Through its official twitter account, the authority verified that no ground tremors have been detected and also confirmed that the National Center for Earthquakes and Volcanoes, part of SGS, had not detected any seismic activity in Jeddah either.
The statements comes amid rumors that circulated on social media claiming that a warning had been issued for an earthquake, measuring from three to 5.5 on the richter scale, according to various unconfirmed sources.
The Makkah governorate urged citizens and residents not to believe all the rumors they view online and asserted the need for people to trust viable information from accurate sources.
Meanwhile, SGS continued its earthquakes and volcanic awareness and education campaign in Riyadh to educate student about the natural phenomena, how to deal with earthquakes before, during and after their occurrence and show them the role of the National Center for Erathquakes and Volcanoes in monitoring and tracking seismic activity In the Kingdom.


Man with suspected explosive vest neutralized in Saudi city

Saudi security forces wounded a man with suspected explosive vest Al-Bukayriyah. (Reuters/File)
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Man with suspected explosive vest neutralized in Saudi city

CAIRO: Saudi security forces neutralized a man who was wearing what looked like an explosive vest in the city of Al-Bukayriyah and wounded him in an exchange of gunfire, an Interior Ministry spokesman said in a statement early on Thursday.
The spokesman added that the authorities managed to locate the assailant, who had "adopted Islamic State ideology", and cornered him. He was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with security forces and taken to hospital.