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UAE rocked by aftershocks from major Pakistan quake

Twitter lights up as magnitude 7.2 quake felt as far away as Bahrain, Dubai

UAE rocked by aftershocks from major Pakistan quake
PAKISTAN QUAKE: Tremors from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Pakistan rippled across the Gulf in the early hours of Wednesday morning

Tremors from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Pakistan rippled across the Gulf in the early hours of Wednesday morning, waking residents as far away as Dubai.

Twitter lit up with news of the quake as the first aftershocks hit the UAE at around 12.20am.

Residents in Fujairah and Dubai, some 500 miles away from the quake site, reported buildings and furniture shaking.

Dubai resident Revati Gangal said she had been woken by her apartment windows rattling at around 12.30am.

“I was woken up by the sound of our windows trembling, chairs shuddering and some items in the kitchen even started clinking,” she said. “It was scary, as I recalled a similar experience during the earthquake in Latur, India, when I was there in 1993. But it all ended within 30 seconds, even before I could wake up my husband.”

Bahrain residents also confirmed the island had also been jolted by aftershocks.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was more than 80km underground, close to the Pakistan town of Dalbandin in Baluchistan province, near the Afghan and Iranian frontiers.

Initial reports suggested the depth of the quake may have limited damage. No fatalities have been reported, although several residents in Dalbandin were injured when the roofs of their houses collapsed. In India, cracks in walls were reported in the border province of Rajasthan.

The Pacific Tsunami Center confirmed that the quake had not triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

The last major earthquake in the region was in 2005, when a 7.6 magnitude quake hit 95km outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, More than 70,000 people were killed.

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MJR 8 years ago

I knew it....I felt it last night.. Felt my bed tremble and curtains shake..What a scary experience....

Dinesh Samson J 8 years ago

i too felt the shaking at the same time.

-- Dinesh Samson J, Abu Dhabi

kheron 8 years ago

my bed shook and could feel the building swaying. 20th floor!!!

vinley morph 8 years ago

Since the high rise towers "rocked" from a 7.2 that was 500 miles away, just wait until a 7.2 occurs in the nearby Zagros Zone of Iran or in the Gulf of Hormuz !!