Tremors from Iranian earthquake felt in UAE
UAE residents were spun into a panic this afternoon as they felt the shockwaves from a deadly earthquake which struck 500km away in Iran.
Tower blocks in Abu Dhabi and Dubai were evacuated and tremors were also felt by terrified people in Sharjah.
A spokesman for the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi confirmed that the quake, in Shiraz province, Iran, struck at 3.52pm at a depth of 24km. He added that the quake measuring 5.4 quake was felt at an intensity of 4.0 in Dubai. This would cause long period waves in a high building.
Minutes after the quake hit, people were being evacuated from tower blocks and offices in the UAE with some people reporting that buildings were “swaying”.
Indian national Sangeeth Suresh was walking back to the Al Sharaf 1 tower in TECOM, where he lives on the 23rd floor, only to stop open-mouthed as he saw the building "waving side to side for 30 to 40 seconds".
"It was waving lots and for a long time," he said. "It thought it was messing with me, I couldn't believe it."
People were seen running from the building fearing an earthquake and everyone was eventually evacuated from the high-rise.
In Sharjah, 34-year-old Iraqi mother, Wassan Al Azzawi said that she was with her son when she felt the ground shaking. She added: “It continued for a minute and it scared me especially with yelling from next door in the building. I went to lift but they asked us not to use it so I returned back to our flat. I am just happy it’s over.”
People also took to Twitter to share their experiences. One tweeter said: “Dubai - earthquake - building moving right now!” Another added: “Earthquake from Iran has made it over here to #UAE Lights swinging, very weird!”
At least thirty people were reported dead in Iran due to the quake.