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IRANIAN EARTHQUAKE HIT DUBAI

EARTHQUAKE DUBAI

 

10th September 2008, Dubai – United Arab Emirates

 

The Earthquake which hit Southern Iran today at 11:00:34.8 UTC with a Magnitude of 6.3 (according to Global Seismic Monitor) was felt by citizens of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai and Sharjah at around 3.30pm local time (11:30 UTC).

 

“I felt the tremor and run to the street” said a Moroccan Lady who lives in Sharjah, Al-Khan Area. Her watchman was reporting that he felt the first tremor at 11am local time.

“I was sitting at work in the Sharjah Airport Free Zone and felt my chair moving. When I looked around I saw the doors swinging slightly, although we are located at the ground floor” said a Manager of a Free Zone Company.

 

In Dubai CNN Office Staff reported that they saw up to approximately 200 people taken refuge in the streets, fearing that the new developed towers could collapse. Buildings in Dubai Media City were evacuated.

 

Big crowds were standing outside their buildings watching what would happen. Irritated! There was no official warning for the residence of Dubai or the Northern Emirates.

 

Sheikh Zayed Road with its over 50 floor buildings was witnessing the swaying of buildings. Many people felt dizzy even in Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please post your comments and send us your experiences …

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7 Responses

  1. Amatullah says:

    I felt the tremor in Sharjah and saw the crowds in the street of Abu-Shagarah. I remember that we had a similar Earthquake last year in March. It was said that the Government would erect a warning system, but I couldn’t see it this year.

  2. Amir says:

    OH that was terrible! i really was scared!

  3. celine says:

    My partner and I were on the 24th floor of a highrise tower on Shk Zayed Rd in Dubai and we felt the move strongly. Noticed the earthquake immediately as the chairs we were sitting on moved and light fitting in the ceiling started swinging. Friend in the next room mistyped as her keyboard moved. Also felt very dizzy, out of balance and felt the shock, we were shaking. Our first earthquake experience, really was a shock. When we were able to, we evacuated immediately but had no idea where to go people were crowded in the entrance of the building, just outside, nearby and on the side of the road. There was no where to go, no assembly point and absolutely no plans on what to do in case of any emergencies as such…It makes as all now wonder what could happen if it was any stronger or hit Dubai itself rather than a nearby country. We are scared of any further shakes especially with all these towers.

  4. Nikhil says:

    Earthquake felt in Jebel Ali Dubai….My desk was shaking for around 15 seconds and i dismiss it considering the machine working in the adjoining room….Thankfully nothing serious happened…..

  5. Maritn says:

    I live iin Al Qusais area , and I felt the tremor at 1100 aprox. I live in a 12 floor and my room door were swinging slightly and the ceiling lights as well, was scary

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  7. judy says:

    I was working on my computer and suddenly felt dizzy and then I heard people running outside and turned around, to see all the furniture rattling. Someone was screaming ‘earthquake!’ so I just gathered up my belongings and ran down through the stairs (I’m on the 10th floor). I saw many people getting into the elevators and remember vaguely wondering ‘what if that gets stuck?’

    People were just gathered outside, calling up family and friends to find out details. I’m just wondering what if it was an earthquake of catastrophic levels? As far as I know, there are no evacuation or emergency plans in place for such circumstances. What if?

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