Earthquake strikes southern Iran, tremors felt by Dubai residents

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Residents in different parts of the United Arab Emirates, including Dubai, reported feeling tremors after an earthquake struck Iran on Saturday.

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), in a statement said that while the earthquake was felt by residents, it was “without any effect” in the UAE.

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Iranian state media said two strong earthquakes struck Iran’s southern Hormozgan province on the Gulf, prompting authorities to deploy search and rescue teams to the affected areas.

The quakes reportedly had magnitudes of 5.7 and 5.8. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said one earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5.

“We have not received any report of serious damage yet. But large areas have been struck by these earthquakes and the evaluation work continues,” Mokhtar Salahshour, head of Hormozgan Province’s Red Crescent, told state TV.

The Saturday shake came after three earthquakes struck off Iran’s southern Kish Island on June 15, rattling Dubai and other areas across the Arabian Gulf.

The US Geological Survey then said two magnitude 4.7 temblors struck, followed by a 5.3 off the island near the strategic Strait of Hormuz

Iran lies on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average.

In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. A magnitude 7 earthquake that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.

With Reuters and The Associated Press

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