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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 October 2018

'Earthquake' fear for UAE residents

People in northern emirates report hearing loud sounds 

Residents in the Northern Emirates heard a loud noise on Tuesday evening but were unable to pinpoint what it was. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Residents in the Northern Emirates heard a loud noise on Tuesday evening but were unable to pinpoint what it was. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Residents in the northern emirates feared an earthquake had struck the UAE after hearing an 'explosion' on Tuesday evening.

Concerned members of public took to social media after hearing loud noises in RAK and Umm Al Quwain.

One RAK resident said her windows started to shake due to the force of the tremors.

"At 8:40pm I heard an explosion sound and the windows started to shake for a second," she said.

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Residents on social media said they heard a 'very loud noise'.

The National Centre of Meteorology addressed the concerns on its official Twitter account.

The bureau confirmed an earthquake measuring 2.1 degrees on the Richter scale had been recorded in Iran shortly before 9pm on Tuesday.

But the statement said that "what the population felt in the north of the emirate had nothing to do with this tremor."

RAK Police and the emirate's Civil Defence said there were no reports of an explosion on Tuesday night. The bureau said it did not detect any tremors across the country.