Earthquake felt in Abu Dhabi

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A strong earthquake struck southern Iran yesterday, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens of others, while aftershocks spurred the evacuation of thousands of people from buildings across the Emirates.

The 6.1 magnitude quake struck at about 3pm, causing tremors in the UAE a short time later. The epicentre of the quake was reportedly near the port city of Bandar Abbas in south-west Iran. Most of the damage in Iran occurred on Gheshm island, where 100 houses were destroyed in rural areas, according to the state news agency IRNA. Reports suggested up to 45 people may have been injured.
As the shockwaves reached the UAE, witnesses said buildings swayed in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where the tremors lasted a few seconds.
In Dubai, companies along Sheikh Zayed Road evacuated their offices and the Civil Defence Authority and police sent teams onto the streets, but there were no reports last night of any casualties or damage. The Dubai International Financial Centre was among the buildings evacuated.

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