A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit southern Iran on Monday afternoon, with tremors felt in Dubai. The UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology also confirmed the tremors, which were verified by the general public too.
Tremors felt in the UAE
People in Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah reported feeling tremors which reverberated through the UAE after the earthquake struck Iran.
A 5.1Magnitude Earthquake on Richter scale is recorded in South of Iran at 14:58, 21-10-2019 “UAE time” According to the NCM “National Seismic Network, it was felt by few residence in the north of UAE.
Earthquakes are most commonly measured by the Richter scale which is based on a logarithmic scale. An earthquake that measures 2 on the Richter scale is 10 times as powerful as an earthquake that measures 1. The largest ever recorded earthquake in history was in 1960 in Chile, which was given a 9.5! One of the most recent most powerful earthquakes was a 9.1 in 2011 in Honshu, Japan which caused a tsunami.
An earthquake classified in the 5 to 5.9 range (like the one which happened on Monday in Iran) is considered moderate. To give that some context, it’s usually strong enough to be felt by those in affected areas and can even cause damage to poor constructed buildings.
Earthquakes in the UAE
Luckily, the UAE does not lie on a fault line, meaning that the chance of feeling an earthquake is generally low. However, the country is located on the edge of theArabian Tectonic Plate, which pushes against the Eurasian Plate. The Zagros mountain belt of Iran lies on the boundary of these plates, making it one of the most seismically active areas on the planet. This explains why the UAE felt the impact of the quake in Iran on Monday.
Back in 2013 a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 was recorded on the border of Iran and Pakistan at 2.45pm UAE time. Here in the UAE, the shockwaves were enough to warrant people being evacuated from buildings.
People in Iran and Pakistan were killed during the quake with it being recorded at the time as one of the worst in the region in the last 40 years. Last year, the UAE provided aid to Indonesia after it was hit by a similar disaster.