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29 November 2023

UAE goes twitter-crazy after early morning tremors

By Bindu Suresh Rai

The 7.4 magnitude Pakistan earthquake that sent shockwaves all the way to the UAE saw many Twitteratis take to the internet with messages that ranged from shock, to concern to the plain bizarre.

So active were the posts in the wee hours right around when the tremors hit at approximately 12.26am, that @dxbmediaoffice<https://twitter.com/dxbmediaoffice>, the official twitter feed from the Government of Dubai, tweeted soon after to retain calm in the country, saying: “National Center of Meteorology & Seismology: the aftershocks of the earthquake in Pakistan caused no damage in the #UAE<https://twitter.com/search?q=%23UAE> [sic].”

Other local tweeps, soon followed with their own messages with female social activist and philanthropist @AmazingSusan<https://twitter.com/AmazingSusan> simply stating the obvious: “I felt-the-earth-move.”
@Salzzz<https://twitter.com/Salzzz> was of similar sentiment who also tweeted: “Felt the tremors… was “shaky” [sic].”

However, due to the late hour there were many who simply did not feel the tremors of had inclination of an earthquake until much later.

@highandwild<https://twitter.com/highandwild> went online to tweet: “So I slept through the whole tremors thingy.”

@AdamFlinter added: “I never feel any of these earthquakes in the UAE :(.”

Of course, there were those who simply grumbled away due to a disturbed sleep or lack of sensitivity, with @DrYumYumSingh<https://twitter.com/DrYumYumSingh> tweeting: “*Grumble* Why can't Earthquakes happen at decent hours? Good night all.”

Clearly, Mother Nature has lost a fan here.

Many sleep through it all

Many UAE residents slept through the shockwaves that rippled through the emirates last night after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan, causing death and destruction in the country.

While this reporter felt the tremors and managed to wake up the entire household in the bargain, others hardly felt a flutter in their slumber.

The shockwaves that were felt here, all the way from Abu Dhabi to Ras Al Khaimah, at approximately 12.26am hardly gave Dubai resident, Dhawal Singh, a blip in his sleep. He said: “I slept through the whole thing, but my son who was wide awake at the time rushed into my room a few minutes later to wake me. I just grumbled and went back to sleep.”

Singh wasn’t alone in his reaction, as many others also reportedly felt nothing and only heard about the shockwaves when their family or friends rung around to report.

Kanta Bhatia, another Dubai resident, simply asked: “We had tremors? Here?”

Yet, while many in the emirate slept through the shake up, Sharjah and Ajman residents were more vocal about their experience.

“My apartment is on the 21st floor and I felt the whole room shake for almost 15 seconds,” said Taufiq Khan from Sharjah. “I immediately grabbed my wife and rushed downstairs for half an hour; we weren’t alone as other neighbours also joined us a few seconds later.”

Khan, who has family in Lahore, called them soon after once news broke that the origin of the earthquake was Pakistan; he was assured everyone was safe back home.


Did you feel the tremors? Tell us what you went through last night/early morning if you did?