By Daniel Shane
Four locations have been earmarked for emergency shelters following 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Saudi Arabia will build emergency shelters following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Iran last week, it has been reported.
According to Al-Yaum newspaper, the Gulf state’s Eastern Province municipality is in the process of identifying four locations where the shelters can be built. When complete, the facilities will be handed over to Civil Defence.
The newspaper reported that oil giant Saudi Aramco has agreed to provide a 1 million sq m piece of land, while Minister of Municipality and Rural Affairs Prince Mansour Bin Miteb has also agreed to dedicate a 90,000 sqm and a 40,000 sqm plot for the project.
A further two 100,000 sqm locations have also been earmarked. The article did not state when the shelters would be completed, or how much was being spent on them.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake was recorded on the border of Iran and Pakistan at 2.45pm UAE time on Tuesday last week, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The magnitude had earlier been recorded as 7.2.
The quake was felt across the Middle East and Asia, with reports of buildings shaking and people running onto the streets in New Delhi, India. Tremors also were felt in Quetta and Karachi in Pakistan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, with hundreds of people evacuated from shaking buildings.