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UAE geologists advise people to stay calm as country hit by tremors from major quake in Iran

40 dead in Iran after magnitude 7.8 quake felt across Gulf and Indian subcontinent

  • Aftab Hussain Kazmi, Bureau Chief; Derek Baldwin, Chief Reporter, Basma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 14:52 April 16, 2013

  • Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/ Gulfnews
  • A building safety personal instructs the evacuated residents of Dubai Media City soon after the tremors were felt.
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Dubai: UAE geologists have advised people to stay calm as the country was hit by tremors stemming from a major earthquake in Iran.

By comparison to what some are calling the worst earthquake in Iran in 40 years, aftershocks felt in the UAE were small.

The epicentre of the Iranian earthquake, logged at 10.45am GMT on Tuesday, is remotely located and its aftershocks did not cause any harm in the emirates, said officials.

News wire reports said that the quake epicentre was in a mountainous desert area along the Iranian-Pakistani border about 200 kilometres southeast of Zahedan.

Dubai Police, meanwhile, said no injures or causalities were reported in Dubai and no damages were logged due to the earthquake happened in nearby country.

Abdullah Saleh, a UAE geologist in Al Ain, said: “Earthquakes are not unusual since earth is dynamic and thousands of earthquakes have been taking place all over the world.” Iran is a highly active seismic zone and earthquakes are normally felt in the UAE.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has also advised people to remain calm noting that an earthquake of this magnitude occurring far away causes small tremors by comparison. effects.

An hour after the initial tremors were felt in UAE, hundreds of people were still gathered below buildings in the capital, Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain, and other parts of the country. Most were workers in high-rise office towers whose buildings had been evacuated following safety procedures.

Officials told news wires that 40 people are feared dead in Iran and five in Pakistan.

The powerful quake hit south-eastern Iran, reported Iran’s Press TV, based on data drawn from the Iranian Seismological Centre.

Tremors were felt across Northern India, in the Indian capital of New Delhi  as well as other Gulf states.

Comments (114)

  1. Added 12:32 April 18, 2013

    Yep we felt it in Abu Dhabi Hamdan Street AUH time 02:50PM 16 April 2013

    PMShaji, Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:52 April 17, 2013

    because i didn't feel something

    hamdan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:51 April 17, 2013

    is this real

    hamdan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 08:56 April 17, 2013

    I was chatting online with my friends in Abu Dhabi when suddenly all of the things in my room were moving. The chandelier was swaying back and forth. I was on the 5th floor of our residence in Al Rigga Deira. I was trembling and was observing if cracks will come out from the walls. Thank God it stopped after 15 to 20 secs.

    AJ, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 07:21 April 17, 2013

    My wife and I were in Festival City at the time of the quake. We didn't feel it at all and i believe no one else felt it as everyone was acting normal and no evacuation of the mall was done. Thank god that no damage happened anywhere in the UAE. God bless us all

    Fadi, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 23:58 April 16, 2013

    It was regular lunch time and I was playing on my iPad and suddenly my bed starts moving. I just assume it's some construction work going on. Later after logging onto Facebook I realize those were tremors. When I go down I see all the people of Abu Hail on the open grounds. Funny but scary.

    Rayan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 22:21 April 16, 2013

    Yep we felt it in Riyadh Tahliah Street, Riyadh time 13:50 16 April 2013

    Irfaan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  8. Added 21:45 April 16, 2013

    my name is muhsin, i am a QC engineer working in Qatar for Qatar petroleum district project, i just went to 24 floor to check for the inspection i feel some one was pushing me when look back no one was there on back of me, suddenly i look on my survey otal station i found the bubbles of total station was rounding then i realized it was earthquke when i look down floor i saw all people was get away from the building i stood up and prayed ya Allah...save us...suddenly i get down from building from 24 floor by staircase and nothing happened.. ..alahamdulliah

    muhsin, qatar, Qatar

  9. Added 21:42 April 16, 2013

    Thank & praise Allah who has all control over all things all the time. This might also be a reminder call from our creator.

    Imran, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 21:22 April 16, 2013

    I am studying in Sharjah Indian school. I came back @ 2:30pm and was having my food. my sister was on the bed and she said that she could feel it shaking. First I didn't believe then she pointed at the fan above. The fan was moving side ways. We came to know that it was an earthquake. Suddenly me and my sister called our mother and ran outside. It was my first experience. Hoping that God will never give such an experiance in future. Thank GOD. MAY GOD BLESS EVERYONE

    Ajay Balakrishnan, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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