Buildings in Dubai evacuated after tremors were felt from an earthquake originating in Iran.
The quake measured 5.1 on the Richter scale and its epicentre was in southern Iran, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.
Residents asked to keep calm after tremors felt in UAE - Khaleej Times:
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Residents in many buildings across Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah and those in some high-rise buildings in other emirates felt the quake shortly after 9.40am.
Authorities have asked residents in Dubai not to panic after thousands ran out for safety after feeling tremors when an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck Iran, some 175 km away from the emirate, today morning.
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Residents in many buildings across Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah and those in some high-rise buildings in other emirates felt the quake shortly after 9.40 am. People from many affected buildings were evacuated as a precautionary measure as well.
People in many towers in Downtown Dubai, JLT, Dubai Media City, Dubai International Financial Centre, Tecom, Dubai Festival City and other areas in Dubai stopped work and came running out after feeling the tremors.
“I felt dizzy all of a sudden. I didn’t understand what was happening first. Then I realized our whole building was shaking,” said Rajesh Balachandran from the Jashanmal Building in Al Barsha.
Social media reaction
Resolution Mena, a digital agency, has come out with a graph on how social media reacted to the earthquake.
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It is the second significant earthquake to produce tremors in the Gulf in the past year, after more than 40 people died in a quake in Iran on April 26 last year, which led to thousands of people being evacuated in Gulf cities.
Iran also was rocked by a 5.4 earthquake in the Shabankareh district in the southern province of Bushehr on May 21.
While there were no official reports of damage or injuries, residents reportedly huddled outside for hours for fear of aftershocks.
Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.
The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated about 27 towns and 1,870 villages.
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