Multiple earthquakes strike southern Iran, tremors felt in UAE
- Fresh tremors at 7.29am on Saturday
- The initial quake struck at 1.32am near Bandar Khamir at a depth of 10km, according to the UAE National Centre of Meteorology.
- The second earthquake hit at 3.24am.
Dubai: Two earthquakes of magnitude 6.3 hit southern Iran in the early hours of Saturday, with tremors felt from both in the UAE.
The initial quake struck at 1.32am near Bandar Khamir at a depth of 10km, according to the UAE National Centre of Meteorology (NCM). The second earthquake hit at 3.24am. The NCM later reported fresh tremors at 7.29 am Saturday.
Between the two quakes, aftershocks of 4.6 and 4.4 magnitude struck at 2.43am and 3.13am respectively.
Tremors were felt in several areas of the UAE, including all seven emirates, according to eyewitnesses and social media users.
The tremors did not have any impact on the UAE, the NCM said.
Tremors were also felt in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to social media users.
Fresh tremors at 7.29am on Saturday
The National Seismological Network stations of the National Meteorological Center recorded a 4.5-magnitude earthquake in southern Iran at 07:29, 02/07/2022 local time for the United Arab Emirates, NCMS tweeted.
5 killed in Iran
At least five people were killed and 19 injured in the quake, AFP reported, quoting the Iranian state news agency IRNA. Most of the damage occurred in the village of Sayeh Khost, close to the epicentre
The quake hit 100 kilometres southwest of the port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province, the US Geological Survey said.
Rescue teams were deployed near the epicenter, Sayeh Khosh village, which is home to around 300 people in Hormozgan province, some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of the capital, Tehran, state television reported.
People went into the streets as aftershocks continued to jolt the area after the early morning quake, which also damaged buildings and infrastructure.