1999 News Story

New seismic stations planned by KAACST

Thirty-two earthquake monitoring stations are planned by the King Abdul Aziz City for

Science and Technology (KAACST) under the Saudi Arabian National Digital Seismographic

Network project.  Seven of these will be in the Makkah area, to ensure the safety of the

pilgrims, and will be operated for KAACST by the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. The

seismic stations will be operational some time next year, providing automated event

detection.  It is to be noted, however, that the Kingdom is relatively safe in terms of

seismic activity when compared to certain other Arab countries.