Tremors felt in Qatar, Kuwait and UAE as massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Iraq
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.
At least 13 dead as 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes near border of Iraq and Iran https://t.co/57OvGfCt5q— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) November 12, 2017
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.
Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, earthquake felt everywhere https://t.co/xc6jl84TFj— Sherry (@CherieDamour_) November 12, 2017
7.2 magnitude #Earthquake at Iraq-Iran border - felt across much of ME - including in Qatar— Joanna Gasiorowska (@JoGasiorowska) November 12, 2017
Qatar peeps who felt the Earthquake?— Robe (@_Aloysha_) November 12, 2017
ok so no earthquake in qatar but that's why we felt shaking pic.twitter.com/P9ovGv1LJh— festive toxic anon⛄️ (@snapcrackleepop) November 12, 2017
Did anyone just feel an minor Earthquake in Qatar right now ?— Kaustav (@kaustavsharma16) November 12, 2017
Building creaked in West Bay, Doha, Qatar. Earthquake tremors...— Anealla (@anealla) November 12, 2017
was it an earthquake or?? I know there's earthquakes in dubai but i didn't know there were ones in qatar— a (@pettyyankeefan) November 12, 2017
if ur in qatar anyone else just feel the sudden shaking?? is it an earthquake or something or is my building wilding cause— a (@pettyyankeefan) November 12, 2017
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.
omg earthquake in Dubai! I thought I was dizzy for staring at my laptop— Myla Smith (@findmeabreak) November 12, 2017
Cover picture is from Iraq, after the earthquake.