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

  • A building safety personal instructs the evacuated residents of Dubai Media City soon after the tremors were fImage Credit: Zarina Fernandes/ Gulfnews
  • Residents came out of their buildings in Muhaisinah area in Dubai as they felt the tremors. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • People came out of their buildings at the National Paints area in Sharjah after the tremors were felt. Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • Employees from the buildings in Tecom area were evacuated soon after the tremors were felt. Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News
  • Residents gather on the streets in Rolla, Sharjah after tremors are felt in the UAE.Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • People are evacuated from the Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi after tremors in the UAE.Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
  • People gather on the streets in Rolla, Sharjah on April 16, 2013 after tremors in the UAE.Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • People gather in Buhairah Corniche in Sharjah after tremors were felt in the UAE on April 16, 2013.Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • Peope gather on the streets in Rolla, Sharjah following tremors in the UAE on April 16, 2013.Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • People are evacuated from the Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi after the tremors were felt.Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News
  • Residents gather outside their buildings in Al Muteena area in Sharjah.Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • Panicked residents gather on the streets of Sharjah's Al Ghuwair area after feeling tremors on April 16, 2Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • People wait outside after evacuating offices in Dubai Media City following earthquake tremors in Dubai, April Image Credit: Reuters
  • People wait in open areas after evacuating offices in Dubai Media City following earthquake tremors in Dubai oImage Credit: Reuters
  • Tremors felt in the UAE forced people to rush out of homes and offices.Image Credit: Supplied pictures
  • The epicentre of the quake was 86km from the city of Khash in Sistan Baluchistan province, near the border witImage Credit: Supplied
  • Office workers stand outside of their buildings following an earthquake tremor in Karachi on April 16, 2013. Image Credit: Reuters
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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.

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