Two strong earthquakes, the largest a 6.4, occurred near Bandar Abbas in southern Iran destroying a number of homes near the epicenter, local officials and residents say. The tremors from the earthquake were felt as far away as Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, and even Saudi Arabia.
Earthquake Strikes South Iran
The first earthquake, which struck at 3:37 p.m. local time on Sunday (1207 GMT), was centered about 64 kilometers northwest of Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan Province, or 278 kilometers north of Dubai. A second earthquake hit the same area about a minute later.
Iran’s Seismological Center said the first earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4, while the second one was slightly weaker, at 6.3. Both struck about 15 kilometers below the surface, making them very shallow earthquakes.
#BREAKING: #Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude in southern Iran, UAE Meteorological Center says. Tremmors were felt in UAE pic.twitter.com/r5iyLdzGgi
— Arab News (@arabnews) November 14, 2021
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The extent of the damage near the epicenter was not immediately clear, but the ISNA news agency reported that a number of homes were destroyed in the Bandar Abbas area and landslides were reported at Geno Mountain. At least one person was killed when a light pole fell in Kerman. As of now, this is the only reported damage and casualties.
What the netizens have to say
Residents took to Twitter to share their thoughts and videos of items in their apartments being shaken by the quake roughly 1,000km away and reported how several evacuations took places in buildings across Dubai.
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Earthquake Sundays 🤯🤮 not ideal being 22 floors up! #earthquakeindubai #dubaiearthquake #earthquake
— Kevchenko (@kevchenko88) November 14, 2021
Dude I thought there’s something wrong with my body. It was the entire building shaking! LMAO! #DubaiEarthquake #Earthquake
— Rizza Marie (@rizzaxmarie) November 14, 2021
Did you feel it? Minor earthquake tremors felt by Dubai residentshttps://t.co/K1tFtZNXB9#DubaiEarthquake
— What’s On Dubai (@WhatsOnDubai) November 14, 2021
My bed just moved back and forth 😳#earthquake #dubai #uae #dubaiearthquake
— Rezan Manan (@RezanManan) November 14, 2021
- A number of countries across the region have been affected by the quake such as Qatar, Bahrain, and even Saudi Arabia.
- The UAE has previously dealt with the after-effects of Earthquakes in Iran.
- Tremors were felt in the Emirates after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck Iran last June.
- Last February, residents across the UAE felt the ground shake after a 5.8-magnitude quake struck Iran’s Qeshm Island.
- Buildings swayed in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Northern Emirates, causing computer monitors to shake.
- While on a smaller scale, the country has also been hit by earthquakes.
- A ‘micro-earthquake’ – of 1.9-magnitude – struck Dibba on the UAE’s east coast last month.
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