UAE residents report strong tremors after multiple earthquakes kill at least 5 in Iran

Several people gathered in open areas near their homes


Karen Ann Monsy

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Published: Sat 2 Jul 2022, 7:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 26 Jan 2024, 10:57 AM

Residents across the UAE reported strong tremors for a second time today after a string of earthquakes hit southern Iran in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.

Such was the intensity that several residents gathered in open areas near their homes. Others reported being woken out of their sleep by the tremors or witnessing the furniture shake.

Many — from Dubai and Sharjah to Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah — took to social media to share videos and photos of the same.

While some Twitter users reported feeling the tremors for a few seconds, others said they lasted "up to 5 minutes". Several long-term residents noted the tremors were "longer and stronger" than anything they'd ever felt to date.

As many as eight earthquakes hit southern Iran on Saturday, ranging from a magnitude of 4.2 to 6.3, according to the UAE's National Center of Meteorology (NCM).

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Two of the quakes measured 6.3 according to the authority, striking at 1.32am and 3.24am respectively, and these were the ones felt by residents. The earthquakes, however, did not have any further effect in the UAE, it said.

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Photo: AFP

At least five people were killed and 49 injured by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit by two later strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude.

"Five people have died in the earthquake ... and so far 12 are hospitalised," Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, head of emergency management in Hormozgan Province on Iran's Gulf coast, told state TV. "Rescue work has been carried out and we are now providing tents as emergency housing."

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The state news agency IRNA said a magnitude 6.3 earthquake and a magnitude 6.1 quake followed the 6.1 quake that flattened the village of Sayeh Khosh near Iran's Gulf coast. There were 24 tremors between the quakes.

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Emergency services spokesperson Mojtaba Khaledi told state TV that half of the 49 people injured had been discharged from hospitals.

"All of the victims died in the first earthquake and no one was harmed in the next two severe quakes as people were already outside their homes," said Foad Moradzadeh, governor of Bandar Lengeh country, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

Officials said search and rescue operations had ended.

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Saeid Pourzadeh of the Kish island crisis task force said Gulf shipping and flights had not been affected by the quakes.

The US Geological Survey noted that several other countries were "affected", including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, and Afghanistan.

Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

(With inputs from Reuters)


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