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Multiple tremors felt across UAE after 6.3 magnitude quake hits Iran

Residents across the UAE reported strong tremors for a second time today after a string of earthquakes hit southern Iran in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.

Such was the intensity that several residents gathered in open areas near their homes. Others reported being woken out of their sleep by the tremors or witnessing the furniture shake. Many from Dubai , Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah took social media to share videos and photos of the same.

While some Twitter users reported feeling the tremors for a few seconds, others said they lasted “up to 5 minutes”. Several long-term residents noted the tremors were “longer and stronger” than anything they’d ever felt to date. As many as eight earthquakes hit southern Iran on Saturday, ranging from a magnitude of 4.2 to 6.3, according to the UAE’s National Center of Meteorology (NCM). Two of the quakes measured 6.3 according to the authority, striking at 1.32am and 3.24am respectively, and these were the ones felt by residents. The earthquakes, however, did not have any further effect in the UAE, it said.

At least five people were killed and 49 injured by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit by two later strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude. Iran has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years as major geological fault lines crisscross the country.

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