UAE records earthquake tremor in Shiraz, Iran
The UAE's national network stations for monitoring earthquakes recorded an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale that affected the region of Shiraz in southern Iran today.
The earthquake happened at 9:55 UAE local time according the WAM news agency. The stations also recorded seismic aftershocks measuring 4.1 in the same area.
The WAM report went on to say that it is possible that the earthquake might have been felt in the northern regions of the UAE.
Meanwhile, Iran's semi-official Mehr News Agency has reported that sixteen people were injured when a 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolted Iran today in the southern province of Fars at 9:25 a.m.
"Seventeen villages in the area have been damaged," Mehr quoted a local official, Hamid Taqizadeh, as saying.
The quake hit close to the town of Ardakan, Tehran University's seismological centre reported on its website.
Earthquakes are common in Iran. In 2003, about 30,000 people were killed in a quake that devastated the southeastern city of Bam. Last month an earthquake in northeastern Iran killed at least seven people and injured hundreds.