OMLUJ: A rock fall from a height of 3,000 meters in the Al-Rai’ mountain range cut off the road between Omluj and Al-Eis for several hours Wednesday.
No one was hurt in the incident and no damage to property was recorded, but dozens of vehicles on the road near the town of Al-Sahla, 60 kilometers to the east of Omluj, were forced to a halt by the tumbling rocks.
Abdulillah Al-Enizi from the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation said the fall could have been caused by nearby digging and construction works which cause vibrations “similar to earth tremors”.
“It is 90-percent probable that that was the cause,” he said. “But another possible factor is the saturation of the earth following recent rains which will have served to loosen the soil, making it easy for rocks to be shaken free. Mountain rock falls are most common in this region during the rainy season.”
– Okaz/Saudi Gazette