6.3 magnitude earthquake hits southern Iran, tremors felt in UAE

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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck southern Iran on Saturday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), EMSC said.

The tremors were felt in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Afghanistan.

The epicentre was 36 km from Bandar e Khamir, Hormozgan Province, Iran at 1:32 AM.

Residents in the UAE felt strong tremors and left their residences. A family told Gulf Today that as soon as they realise that their chandellier was moving without any reason, they knew it was an earthquake.

The whole family was standing at Jamal Abdel Nasser road in Sharjah. 

Ambreen Jamil said, “Felt shaking on 20th floor we stepped out. Hope all are safe and sound.”

Joshi Jorj said, “We felt very strong in Fujairah.”

Jheszcelle Calata wrote, “Felt it so strong in abu dhabi and i was in 15th floor… hope everyone is safe.”

Furqan Khan said, “It’s not just tremors. We felt huge shaking even in ground floor…”

An earthquake is what happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another.

The surface where they slip is called the fault or fault plane.

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