'No impact' on Dubai towers from Iran-Iraq quake

Dubai Municipality says earthquake was only felt by Dubai residents in high rise buildings
By Staff writer
Mon 13 Nov 2017 01:31 PM

Dubai Municipality has clarified that there has not been any impact in Dubai of the earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday, which had a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale.

“With the epicenter of the earthquake being 1,378 km away from the Emirate of Dubai, the quake was felt only by high-altitude residents and tall towers where some individuals felt a slight vibration that had no effect on individuals and buildings,” said Mohammed Mashroom, director of survey department in the Municipality.

The death toll of the earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border overnight rose to 328 dead on the Iranian side of the border on Monday, the coroner's office said.

At least another 2,530 were injured in the 7.3-magnitude quake that hit late Sunday, state television reported the office as saying. A previous toll stood at 207 dead and 1,700 wounded.

Mashroom said that the Municipality has recently launched four smart systems to monitor the impact of earthquakes on towers and also supported these systems with a smart application that monitors their vulnerability.

“There was no impact of Sunday’s quake on the buildings in Dubai and no alerts were issued either for investigation or for evacuation,” said Mashroom.

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