Residents in the United Arab Emirates reported tremors across the country, after a 5.22 magnitude earthquake struck Qeshm in Iran on Tuesday morning.
The UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology confirmed the Iran earthquake to local news site Emirates 24|7. It was also confirmed the epicenter was 60km east Qeshm in southern Iran. The U.S. Geological Service reported the earthquake as a 5.1-magnitude striking at 9.17am at a depth of 10 meters.
On Twitter, Dubai residents said they had felt tremors from the earthquake with some reporting they had been evacuated from buildings. The last time tremors from an earthquake were felt in the UAE was in April 2013, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan. Iran sits astride several major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes, some of which have been devastating. -alarabiya