Large earthquake hits Iran, hundreds feared dead - felt across UAE
The whole of the UAE felt shockwaves from a major earthquake which hit the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday afternoon, leaving people across the emirates fleeing offices and their homes.
A spokesman for the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi confirmed that the quake was of 7.8 in magnitude, making it a ‘major’ earthquake, of which there are only 18 in the world every year.
Major earthquakes can cause serious damage over large areas – and the one which hit at precisely 2.44pm (UAE time), had a depth of 30km.
The spokesman for NCMS told 7DAYS: “The earthquake was 650km away from Ras al Khaimah to the North East. It was felt across the whole of the UAE.”
The closest villages to the epicentre are Saravan, Khash and Iranshahr. Iranian state TV says at least 46 people have been killed.
Press TV gave no further details on the extent of damage in the sparsely populated areas. The tremors were felt as far away as Delhi in India.
The latest quake was much stronger than one which hit Iran on the 9th of this month which sent out shockwaves felt by some of the Gulf region. It measured just 6.2 in magnitude.
One man who was in Deira, Dubai on the ninth floor of an office block said: “I’ve never experienced anything like it. The floor shook and there were ripples in a glass of water on a desk.”
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