This Is What Had Happened To Me in 1998! Reply

This Is What Had Happened To Me in 1998!

Read The Article in Pages Why I Had Left My LOC?

Early Enhanced Retirement in June 1998 in PDO – Petroleum Development Oman .


My Highest Read and Rated Article For 2011! Job Creations! 4

My Highest Rated and Read Article in My Websites and in The Oman Daily Observer Columns For 2011.

Dear All & After Compliments;

This is the article – Jobs For The Youth. It got the highest hits and read in my and reproduced in a number of places! More hits than any other article of mine – which I think is demonstrative of concerns and worries of many – both inside and outside Oman.

Congratulations to us all! Feel free to forward and or reproduce for the greater cause. Bottom line – it is JOBS and FOOD at the table that is the highest and most concern and worry to many people!!

 Wishing You All A Happy Peaceful Safe and Loving Caring New Year 2012 to you and to your families.

 Best Wishes and Regards,

 Majid Al Suleimany


The Article Reproduced Below:-

As had appeared in The Oman Daily Observer Features of Wednesday December 7, 2011

My Website –

 At My Workplace!

Job Creations!

Jobs For The Youth!

Not everything that glitters is gold! – Anon

A few weeks back I had said in my article We Need To Be Serious! – Quote – If you can circumvent the rules and regulations for your benefit – and the others are looking the other way – why not I ask you? Not only in that place but in so many other places too in Town! We Need To Be Serious!

But if even more senior jobs ‘reserved only for Omanis’ like Admin, PRO, Secretaries and Human Resources Managers are being done now openly by expatriates under fanciful names – why not? Incidentally and coincidentally if you go to the Professional Sites liked LinkedIn, you will see them brave enough to call themselves as just plain HR Managers – and nothing to be scared or to be afraid about!

I continued – Quote – There is something that I must also say and repeat here for the benefits of everyone – and I hope common sense, dynamism, realism, pragmatism and vision will come in!

First and foremost – there is no more this element of fear still running or even scantily – and secondly everybody is just fed up to the tilt!

And if you still think that the old games and gimmicks will still work in winning always – you have got it all wrong – and are just deluding no one but yourself only – and those near you! In desperation and last attempt and effort – last week I had written in the same column – Let The Strong Man Win!

Please do not tempt to scare me anymore now – because in the end we will all lose – some even sooner than the others! Perhaps I think I may need to quit now writing anymore for ever – because I always get hurt and pained in the end – and I end with a bloodied face – and swollen head banging it against brick walls! – Unquote.

Today Monday December 5th 2011 I was really elated and overjoyed as a son of the land to read this in the news – Quote Majlis panel to study status of job-seekers. New opportunities to be found … More Omanis likely to get jobs … – Unquote

Creating jobs for especially The Youth is a global dilemma and issue – and we find so many countries involved in this regard – and even some leaders like USA Obama directly involved personally in this. We see issues and aspects all over the Western World now – and we in The Middle East and rest of the world are catching up too!

In all my articles I raise the same issues and points – again and again. I strongly believe in this! In an interview with Oman Economic Review dated January 2000 (11 years ago) I think I gave very good advices to the Nation on aspects of Training, Development and Omanisation – titled Mind Matters!. The article is also reproduced here in my website above. I really wished that people had paid attention – and the same things I repeat in my two Arab Management books –

A person who really cares and feels for you will tell you the truth and facts only – even if you will be cross and angry with him! And you may want to punish and hurt him – just because of his caring, feeling and sincerity towards the causes at hand – and you especially! But my articles Let The Strong Man Win – We Need To Be Serious – This Is Goodbye – are all demonstrative and examples of me now wanting to give up talking any further – and to join the Silent Majority as we will watch things continue to unfold in front of very eyes!

One thing that needs to be said also here – Communications does not have to be in Arabic only to pass on the theme and the messages – because sometimes even signals and body signs can do the trick in communications per se!

We especially the Arabs have this big issue that needs resolving. Apart from the usual rivalries, jealousies, polarisation and wrong judgments and stereotyping others, we fail to see, hear or simply speak – even if we have live examples just happened in learning and in lessons giving! And like in our histories – ‘killing the messenger of bad news’! And the usual approaches of some thinking they have ‘more rights than others’!

The point also to be made here – just because a person speaks fluent that Arabic is not necessarily that a most smart and intelligent person – and to be labelled as a really caring and feeling person either – and can even be an adversary and an enemy! They can do the most damage as the Israeli Arabs – for example as was in the Israeli army! And those speaking to us in English are not necessarily the opposite – or everything negative – to be ignored – and not to be heard. Allah Is Great – our nation is blessed with various experts and talents – all local too!

We need to wake up from the deep slumber we are (conveniently) in – now – than ever before – and before it is too late for everyone! Oman is a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society just like USA is!

Our destiny, legacy and future depend on it – and history and future generations will judge us by our actions – and also inactions!

Take Care!


Majid Al Suleimany

Things Have Turned Sour! Why Do We Do All These Things To Each Other Now?? 1

Why Do We Do All These Things To Each Other Now??

 Why Do We Do All These Things To Each Other Now??

I stopped smiling now!

Dear All;

People may say anything that they want about me – including that I am ‘eccentric. crazy or mad even’ – and that I get angry quickly even though I am diabetic and my Eye Doctor has warned me to ‘be extra careful’ because I am one of the few in millions that has pressures going to my eyes instead of my body. My left eye has left 55% vision left only and 65% of the right eye. When I am extra angry I even bleed from my eyes!

The point I want to make is this.

I have noticed that people have changed for the worse now! The situation has gone even worse then before! It has gone ……. bad!

There is too much meanness, viciousness, vindictiveness, divisions, bad hearts, polarisations, bad intentions and wills – and some think they are more important than others – and have more rights too! Despite all things we see in real life happening in front of our eyes – and not far from us either!

Frankly, I am not a vengeful and vindictive person – I think I am confident and convinced in saying this!

I respect and esteem everyone – whatever religion, race or creed – and I expect the same from everyone in turn. Bottom line I know I try best to be kind, nice and helpful – because I am afraid of My God – the Punishment of The Grave – and Eternal Hell Fire as a Believer! Even that ant you trample on viciously will have you punished in your grave and Day of Judgment – let alone doing it to a fellow human being – believer or not.

And as Muslims we believe Judaism and Christianity amongst the Believers – and Islam is the only Religion after Christianity that believes in Jesus Christ (Prophet Issa), Mother Miriam and the miracle birth!

I have been writing for the last 8 years – and on the same subjects and topics – and I keep writing – again and again! I am writing more as a hobby – something that I like to do! Nothing more or less! The money is peanuts – if and when it comes in!

The Romans had said – Those that the gods are out to destroy make them not see, hear or speak. Or as we Arabs say – There is no one so blind but with eyes but cannot see; no one so deaf but with ears but cannot hear; and no one so dumb but with a mouth but cannot speak!

Or as Napoleon had appropriately have said – Do not interfere with someone set to destroy himself (let it be syndrome).

Things I had said in 1980s came to pass – even in my working time and career too! I am tired of saying – I TOLD YOU SO! The same things that I have said in my articles from 2003 onwards – 8 years ago! Just imagine! I warned and cautioned on the cinder fires burning underneath – instead my books and me were targeted instead! Even the VIPs I sent my books did not have even the courtesy to acknowledge and thank me!

What are all these things for?

Anyway, I would like to thank all my fans and supporters from my heart with warmth, sincerity and genuine feelings and touch. And I ask your forgiveness for those who chose ‘not to be my friends’ – and those trying to get back at me – to shut me up and close my mouth!

Allah God Protect and Preserve us all from His Anger and Fury – Amin

Best Wishes and Regards,

Majid Al Suleimany

Between Us Only! THE FINAL ARTICLE! 2

Between Us Only!


It Is Time To Say Goodbyes!

  • A wise man once said: ‘The skill in attending a party is knowing when it is time to leave’. We built something extraordinary together… and all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way – REM lead vocalist Michael Stipe announces the alternative rock band is splitting after 31 years and 15 albums.
  • A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends. Anon
  • True love doesn’t have a happy ending, because true love never ends. Letting go is one way of saying I love you – Anon
  • Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding on to – Anon
  • Set the bird free – if it flies away from you – it was not yours from the beginning! – East African Swahili saying.
  • Do not wake up sleeping dogs, they will wake up – and bite you! – Another East African Swahili expression.
  • This battle may have been lost – but the war is still on ahead – French General after France invaded by Nazi Hitler German army.
  • Sometimes you think you have won; when you have actually lost – and sometimes you think you have lost; when you have actually won! – Anon
  • The usual old games and tricks do not work anymore – because people have gone past the Fear Element now!
  • Do not bite the hand that feeds you – otherwise you will lick the boot that kicks you – Anon
  • If you have something growing for you – keep it, nurture it – let it grow and prosper – do not put sand in your rice cake (food) – (Swahili East African) or spit on your food (Indian). If you do – in the end you yourself cannot eat it anymore!
  • Do not kill the messenger of bad news! – Anon
  • Sincerity and being caring, feeling and genuine are never wasted in the front of God – Arabic

I am one of those fans who had really got hurt and disappointed when The ABBA Swedish music group had decided to close down. The same for the Comedy series Seinfeld and Friends. Also The Oprah shows.

The reason they gave was the same one – when you are still ‘up there’ then it is time to quit!

I watched the film of Titanic as it was being rushed to its utter destruction – as it was being moved towards the icebergs – and despite the protestations of the young captains on board!

I am a sick diabetic person 63 years old – with eyesight and glaucoma problems. I am now continuously feeling a lot of pressures – and getting my face always bloodied – and my head swollen – as I bang it against brick walls! Nobody is hearing me – and I always end as the victim – because people do not want to hear the truth – and find evil and devious ways and means to ‘get back at me’!

I simply cannot now continue to handle the pressures I used to be able to do in the past – especially being out all alone there – and abandoned without any support and backing!

Things that have seemed to have been settled are being revived just to put me in a corner – and to silence me!

I have been writing for the last 8 years – and on the same subjects and topics – and I keep writing – again and again! I am writing more as a hobby – something that I like to do! Nothing more or less! The money is peanuts – if and when it comes in!

The Romans had said – Those that the gods are out to destroy make them not see, hear or speak. Or as we Arabs say – There is no one so blind but with eyes but cannot see; no one so deaf but with ears but cannot hear; and no one so dumb but with a mouth but cannot speak!

Or as Napoleon had appropriately had said – Do not interfere with someone set to destroy himself (Let it be syndrome!).

Things I had said in 1980s came to pass – even in my working time and career too! I am tired of saying so many times – again and again – I TOLD YOU SO! The same things that I have said in my articles from 2003 onwards – 8 years ago – came to pass! Just imagine! From my first book Between Us Only! –

My First Arab Management Book – Psychology of Arab Management Thinking – Context and Perspectives – Arabian Magement Series. The book talked all about ‘the things going wrong in Arab Management’. See here how to order – or

I warned and cautioned on the cinder fires burning underneath – instead my books and I were targeted instead! The book A Cry For Help! Went even so far to prophesied and predict the Arab Spring Uprisings – but who cares? See Even the VIPs that I had sent my books did not have even the politeness and courtesy to acknowledge and thank me! As if I was embarrassing them instead to send them my books!

Why and What for are all these things?

My Second Arab Management Book – A Cry For Help! (The Real Cry!) – Context and Perspectives – Arabian Magement Series. The book talked all about ‘the things going more extreme and fundamental especially with The Youth and sort of predicted and propheised The Arab Spring Uprisings!. See here how to order – or

Anyway, I would like to thank all my fans and supporters from my heart with warmth, sincerity and genuine feelings and touch. And I ask your forgiveness for those who chose ‘not to be my friends’ – and those trying to get back at me – to shut me up and close my mouth!

This is Goodbye – and wishing you all the very best in your lives, your families and in your endeavours! I came – and now I am going. Leave me alone NOW in peace – please!

Goodbye and Maa Salaamah!


Majid Al Suleimany

November 19th 2011 – Muscat – Oman.

Change Is Inevitable – Oman Ministers. 2

Change is Inevitable

Wed, 09 November 2011

MUSCAT — Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, and Hamad bin Mohammed al Rashdi, Minister of Information, confirmed that the Sultanate totally rejects and detests the conspiracy theory associated with the political events witnessed by the Arab world earlier this year and what became known as the Arab Spring.

The two ministers said that the Sultanate fully understands the reasons behind the protests that took place in the country during February, and responded to it. “We do not want the Arab world to adopt the European model that calls for the separation between the state and the religion. We do not want revolutions based on the old conception, not we want bloody revolutions. 

Image HE Minister of Information Yusuf Alawi below

Image HE Minister of Information Hamed Al Rashdi above

The Arab League was established to encourage the peaceful transmission of power. Change is inevitable in the region but only through the mechanisms of the society,” Alawi told an Arabic daily. “The concerns over the conspiracy theory and US preparations to hand the region over to extremist groups are exaggerated.

The Arab world co-existed with all, and now they are talking about extremist groups. These groups who want to reduce the international nature of Islam to a specific area will certainly vanish while the true essence of Islam will remain for eternity,” added Alawi. Alawi who believes in the inevitability and the necessity of change rules out that the call of secularists to separate between the religion and the state is destined to fail, confirming that the state is nothing but the nation, and no one can pull out religion from the nation.

“The whole matter is centred on how to built a new system that respond to what had been neglected in the past. All peoples and particularly the youth should be provided with all means that enable them to develop themselves in all aspects of life, this requires plans that ensure gradual change. It is not true that all the problems will disappear as soon the regime is toppled,” said Alawi.

Alawi downplayed the scenes of destruction that accompanied the sit-ins that took place in Sohar and Dhofar region in February, confirming that the security forces did not confront the protesters, and there was no violence. He considers that the government understood the demands of the protesters who were seeking jobs and asking for pay rise.

The government later responded by providing jobs to the Omani job-seekers, a trend that was already among the government’s major planning and priorities. Al Rashdi said the amendments to the State Basic Statute complemented the achievements of the preceding stages. The demands of the citizens are not considered negative despite the negative phenomena that accompanied the sit-ins, the violence and vandalism was much limited.

About corruption which was one of the reasons behind the sit-ins, the minister said that there were unlawful practices, and that suitable measures were taken against some officials, and this is what should have happened provided that no one is taken by suspicion. Al Rashdi agrees with Alawi on the importance of internal dialogue. Alawi adds that for any dialogue to be successful, we have to accept the other opinion. — Oman Arabic Daily

His Majesty Exhorts Qualitative Shift 2

His Majesty Exhorts Qualitative Shift

Tue, 01 November 2011

Work relentlessly for success of national plans

 Stresses government-private sector co-ordination

– High priority to HR development and education 

Lays greater emphasis on opportunities for youth

By Fahmy bin Khalid al Harthy – The Oman Daily Observer – November 1st 2011

HIS Majesty Sultan Qaboos presided over the opening of the 5th term of the Majlis Oman yesterday. His Majesty the Sultan said in a historic Royal address to the nation that Oman’s Shura experiment has been developed in a manner of progress meant to lay firm foundations and stable pillars that will ensure its natural growth, while at the same time meeting the requirements of each phase of national action and responding to the community’s needs.

His Majesty the Sultan noted that many notable achievements were made along the path of this blessed experience, the Sultanate’s Renaissance. In this respect His Majesty said, “We express our thanks for the efforts exerted in this regard and we are looking forward to a qualitative shift in national work which will be carried out by the Majlis Oman during the upcoming period in the light of the expanded powers given to it in legislative and auditing fields.”

Voicing this confidence, His Majesty the Sultan said, “Omanis are well-qualified to be an example and a model for others to follow in this age of rapid development and progress, and they are also capable of coping with the challenges of the modern age, and adopting every new enlightened idea, benefiting from sciences and new technology.

“We have always affirmed our continued attention to the development of human resources and we said that these resources take top priority in our plans and programmes.

“The forthcoming stage will witness bigger attention and greater care to provide more opportunities for the youth.”

Comment – One of HM best speeches in my mind! Majid Al Suleimany I Love This Man!

Graft will be rooted out: HM

MANAH Corruption will be rooted out from the administrative system and the youth will be given greater attention with job opportunities and a role in contributing to the development march, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said told the Council of Oman at Hisn Al Shumoukh in the Wilayat of Manah in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate on Tuesday.

Delivering the Royal speech while opening the Council’s fifth term for 2011, His Majesty urged the Council to carry out its responsibilities efficiently with the expanded powers in the legislative and auditing fields.

“We are looking forward to a qualitative shift in national work, which will be carried out by the Council of Oman during the upcoming period in the light of the expanded powers given to it in the legislative and auditing fields. There is no doubt that the challenges are enormous, but we are quite confident that all members of the Council will play their role in leading the country to prosperity,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty said corruption will be rooted out from the administrative system.

“We instruct our government to take all necessary measures to prevent corruption and we direct all the audit authorities to fulfil their duties resolutely in this regard with the full force of the law,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty said the youth will be given greater attention. The government has created thousands of jobs in the state sector and was working with the private sector to increase employment opportunities.

His Majesty hoped the Shura Council will develop into a body, which will contribute to the decision-making process.

His Majesty urged the citizens to work tirelessly for a prosperous future.

The role of education in building a responsible and learned society was also stressed.

His Majesty invited the private sector to take greater role in developing human resources.

His Majesty assured all Omanis on freedom of expression but one should not force his opinion on others or suppress the rights of others to express their ideas freely.

The judicial and audit institutions will be upgraded with the aim of reinforcing the state institutions.

“Our support for the judiciary and its independence is a duty to which we have committed ourselves, and we recognise that it is imperative to respect its decisions without favoritism, as all are equal before the law.”

Ministers and heads of civil bodies lauded His Majesty’s speech.

HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Sa’ayed Al Kalbani, Social Development Minister, said His Majesty stressed the importance of cooperation between public and private institutions and the citizens for the development of the country.

Her Excellency Rawiyah Bint Saud Al Busaidiah, Minister of Higher Education, said the speech asserts the strategic views to promote and update the universities.

HE Sheikh Khaled Bin Omar Bin Said Al Marhoun, Minister of Civil Services, said the speech encourages everyone to do his best in order to take part in the development march.

HE Dr Yahya Bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, Chairman of the State Council, expressed his thanks and appreciation for His Majesty for opening the Council of Oman. He said His Majesty’s speech will inspire the citizens to contribute to national development.

HE Khalid Bin Hilal Al Ma’awali, Chairman of the Shura Council, said the Shura Council and its members will do their best and proceed as per the message of the speech.

HE Khalil Bin Abdullah Al Khonji, Chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), lauded the speech and assured the private sector’s support and cooperation to the government.

The session was attended by Their Highnesses, the chairmen of the State Council and Shura Council, ministers, advisers, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces and Royal Oman Police, honourable members of the State Council and Shura Council, heads of diplomatic missions accredited to the Sultanate, sheikhs, dignitaries, editor-in-chiefs of Oman News Agency and local newspapers and representatives of the media from the sisterly and friendly countries.

Oman News Agency

Muammar Ghaddafi Is Dead (Killed)! Reply


Dead Ghaddafi Video Image


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While reports surrounding the circumstances ofMuammar Gaddafi;s death remain murky, amateur footage combined with eyewitness accounts tell a dramatic story of the toppled leader’s last stand.

Shortly before dawn prayers on Thursday, Gaddafi surrounded by a few dozen loyal bodyguards and accompanied by Abu Bakr Younis Jabr, the head of his now defeated army, broke out of Sirte where his loyalists had been embroiled in fierce gun battles with NTC fighters for two months.


Gaddafi headed west in an armed convoy of 15 trucks, but did not get far. NATO said that one of its aircraft struck the convoy near Sirte at about 8:30 am on Thursday.

Gerard Longuet, French defence minister, later confirmed that the attack – which destroyed all 15 trucks and killed 50 of Gaddafi’s men – was executed by the French air force.

However, Gaddafi himself and a handful of his men escaped death and appear to have run through a strand of trees towards the main road and hid in two drainage pipes.

Gaddafi’s capture

Gaddafi and his men attempted to hide from a unit of NTC fighters who had pursued the convoy, but were quickly located.

“At first we fired at them with anti-aircraft guns, but it was no use,” Salem Bakeer, a member of the NTC fighters’ unit, said. “Then we went in on foot.

“One of Gaddafi’s men came out waving his rifle in the air and shouting surrender, but as soon as he saw my face he started shooting at me,” he told Reuters news agency.

“Then I think Gaddafi must have told them to stop. ‘My master is here, my master is here’, he said, ‘Muammar Gaddafi is here and he is wounded’,” Bakeer said.

“We went in and brought Gaddafi out. He was saying ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong? What’s going on?’. Then we took him and put him in the car,” Bakeer said.

At the time of capture, Gaddafi was already wounded with gunshots to his leg and to his back, Bakeer said.

Other government fighters who said that they took part in Gaddafi’s capture, separately confirmed Bakeer’s version of events, though one said the man who ruled Libya for 42 years was shot and wounded at the last minute by one of his own men.

“One of Muammar Gaddafi’s guards shot him in the chest,” Omran Jouma Shawan said.

Amateur footage uploaded on YouTube seemed to corroborate claims that Gaddafi was captured alive.

In the video, a bloodied and dazed Gaddafi can be seen being propped up by two NTC fighters, as others grab at him and cheer “God is Great!”.

The leader’s bodyguards were all killed.

Gaddafi dies

After his capture, Gaddafi was placed in an ambulance bound for the city of Misrata. Witnesses say that he succumbed to his wounds while on the road.

However, Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril told a news conference on Thursday that Gaddafi was not fatally wounded when placed in the ambulance, but killed when crossfire broke out in mid transport.

“Gaddafi was taken out of a sewage pipe … he didn’t show any resistance. When we started moving him he was hit by a bullet in his right arm and when they put him in a truck he did not have any other injuries’,” Jibril said.

“When the car was moving it was caught in crossfire between the revolutionaries and Gaddafi forces in which he was hit by a bullet in the head.

“The forensic doctor could not tell if it came from the revolutionaries or from Gaddafi’s forces.”

Jibril said Gaddafi died a few minutes before reaching a hospital.

While it is not clear what happened afterwards, another amateur video, presumably shot by an NTC fighter, shows a lifeless Gaddafi being dragged on the floor and sprawled out for a cheering crowd of fighters to see.

Gaddafi’s body was later loaded into a truck and taken to an undisclosed location.

“Gaddafi’s body is with our unit in a car and we are taking the body to a secret place for security reasons,” Mohamed Abdel Kafi, a NTC official in the city of Misrata said.

The final irony of Gaddafi’s life, which was strewn with eccentric and often anecdotes, was not lost on the victorious fighters, who Gaddafi had often decried as “rats”.

“He called us rats, but look where we found him,” Ahmed al-Sahati, a 27-year-old fighter, standing next to a drainage pipe where the former leader was found, said.



Al Jazeera and agencies

 And Compare To When He Was A Hero – A Great Lesson Here For All!

The Aged Ghaddafi

The Message – Stay with your people – Friends Outside are all temporary and artificial!!

From Dr. Richard Pettinger (UCLA) – London Global University 1

From Dr. Richard Pettinger (UCLA) – London Global University

August 25th 2011.

Omani Arab Author of Five Books – Two in Arab Management! –

Dear Majid,

The University expresses its many thanks for being in touch – and is a huge pleasure and privilege and a great honour. You have a brilliant and star colossal range of achievements – and must be congratulated.

We will order your books here and it will be a very great pleasure to read them.

We have here a very heavily Western/UK/USA perspective on management and we have to address this because it is very limiting for us and for our students and for our companies and organisations also.

We will get your works in here and add them to our Reference Reading lists – it will be very good for us to have such authoritative very good stuff like this from elsewhere in the world to add to our Management fields and references –
and not just from UK and USA.

Dr. Richard Pettinger (UCLA) – Professor – Management Studies – London Global University UK.

More here and at


– Dr. Richard is himself the Author of many books in Management at Global University UK (UCLA).

Tanzania Earthquake June 10 2011 – Magnitude 4.8 Reply

Tanzania Earthquake June 10 2011 – Magnitude 4.8

Photos 1 to 3 Zanzibar – Photo 4 Dar es Salaam – people rush out to the streets.

Dar hit by tremor

By Felister Peter

11th June 2011
Expert says tremor lasted for about 3 minutes

People rush out of high rise buildings in panic

View of Dar es Salaam, as captured yesterday by our roving photographer shortly after the city was hit by a 4.8 magnitude tremor. (Photo: Khalfan Said)

An earth tremor with a magnitude of 4.8 hit Dar es Salaam city centre yesterday causing
panic among people living and working in high-rise buildings, but no casualties were reported.

The tremor which lasted for between two and three minutes happened at around 11:28:13am,
according to the Executive Director of the Geological Survey of Tanzania (GST), Prof Abdulkarim Mruma.

Explaining, Prof Mruma said the quake measured 4.8 on the Richter scale. He said its centre
was about 10 kilometres under the sea at latitude 7.08 south and longitude 39.628 east.

The tremor was felt 52 kilometres East South East of Dar es Salaam and 105 kilometres
South East of Zanzibar. He said the quake caused no harm to people and properties, and that its cause is yet to be established, adding that such tremors are unpredictable.

“You cannot predict a tremor, not only in Tanzania but worldwide. We can only measure its magnitude after occurrence”, he explained.

He said sometimes, people can use birds and some animals to predict its occurrence, adding that Dar es Salaam felt the tremor because most of its land consists of valleys, mentioning Ruvu and Mzinga Rivers, Wazo and Pugu hills in the city.

Prof Mruma said the earthquake last occurred in Dar es Salaam four years back and was
largely felt in the Northern part of Ruvu River near the army camp.

Interviewed, Yvone Mtefu who works at NIC Life House called on responsible authorities
especially the fire brigade department to have its offices near high rise buildings, so that it becomes easy to rescue people in case of disaster.

Gastro John who works in the same building said: “The tremor was not big, and it lasted for
a few seconds so before we moved out of the office, it was over.”

In April this year, Babati residents in Manyara region experienced a tremor which lasted
for a few minutes. The Manyara tremble caused no damage to human beings or property.

Two strong earthquakes hit northern Malawi and southwestern Tanzania in December 2009
according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) killing two people in Malawi, but there were no death, injury or damage to property on the Tanzanian side.

The 6.2 magnitude Tanzanian quake hit 84 miles (135 km) south of the town of Mbeya, at
a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km).

Acting Chief Executive Officer of Tanzania Geological Centre, Anicent Minde told this paper
that the tremors were mostly felt in Mufindi, Iringa Region and Kyela in Mbeya


More News
News on the earthquake was first obtained from fiends located in Dar Es Salaam. Some of them felt the shaking while others didn’t, reportedly, some people were evacuated briefly from offices for safety concerns (see photo below).The following  added information was also reported at


09:22 UTC :

First reports out of Dar Es Salaam to  are indicating a MMI IV = light shaking

Data from other seismological agencies :  EMSC :  4.8 @ 10 km  depth

Around noon, a very shallow coastal  earthquake occurred at a short distance from Dar Es  Salaam. As the area has only very few earthquakes in the past people  have been scared by the shaking.

Most important Earthquake

Magnitude : 4.8
UTC Time :  Friday, June 10,
2011 at 08:28:13 UTC

Local time at epicenter :  Friday, June 10,
2011 at 11:28:13 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
almost below Buuni Village very close to Vikindu
44 km (28
miles) SE (125°) from DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania