An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale has hit rural southwest of Pakistan, with tremors felt as far away as the UAE, Oman and parts of India.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) confirmed this, with the spokesperson saying: “The earthquake hit around 3.30pm UAE time in Pakistan, measuring 7.8 in magnitude; tremors have also been felt across the UAE.”
He continued: “Reports came in from Al Ain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with people feeling the shock. The northern emirates experienced the most, with tremors measuring upto four on the Richter scale; in other parts it was up to three.”
People in Jumeirah Beach Residences, Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lake Towers felt the earth move, with several taking to Twitter to report on this.
Further details are being awaited.
Quoting NCMS, news agency Wam said the UAE was not affected by the earthquake.
Meanwhile, reports have come in that buildings have been evacuated in New Delhi as well in wake of the earthquake and the aftershocks.
Some buildings in Dubai were evacuated, with Joy Shrivastava stating on Twitter: “Did anyone feel the earthquake, tremors few minutes back in Tecom? In our building, 19-23 floor offices have been asked to evacuate.”
Reports also came in that buildings in JLT and Downtown were also evacuated.
Amanj Nouri tweeted: “Just experienced my first earthquake in Dubai. Well, I think it’s an earthquake. I’m sure I’m not crazy.”
MaicaLequin wrote: “Did you feel that strong earthquake? I was surfing the net then suddenly my laptop and desk kept on bouncing in Dubai?”