Tremors felt in Qatar, Kuwait and UAE as massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Iraq

By QLReporter

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, near the border with Iran, with shockwaves felt as far away as Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE. 

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Sunday’s quake hit close to Halabjah, southeast of Sulaymaniyah, a city in the Iraqi region administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), reported Al Jazeera.

At least 13 people have reportedly been killed in Iraq and a clearer picture of the overall damage is only emerging. 

Meanwhile, the tremors of the earthquake was felt as far as Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE. Several people took to social media and posted their experiences.

 

Many people in Kuwait could be seen standing on the streets while a video of people rushing out of a Kuwaiti mall was also posted by TV New Zealand.

 

The Kuwait News Agency reported that the earthquake in Kuwait had not done any damages or caused security repercussions.

With the epicentre of the quake being 600km away from Kuwait City, powerful aftershocks — measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale — were felt in Kuwait.   

In the UAE, several people reported feeling the tremors beneath their feet. Khaleej Times quoted several users on Twitter as saying that the tremors were felt not only in Dubai, but also in the Reem Island district of Abu Dhabi.

“I was having dinner when I felt the ground shake a bit. My wife felt it too. We rushed down as soon as we felt the tremors,” a Dubai resident told Khaleej Times.

 

Cover picture is from Iraq, after the earthquake.

By Molten Metal• 3 days 11 hours ago.
Molten Metal

Hope we are safe here.

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