x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Iranian earthquake's aftershocks rattle northern emirates

Tremors continue two weeks after the original quake.

Aftershocks from an earthquake in southern Iran are still being felt across the UAE, with the most recent tremor hitting the northern emirates on Friday morning. The epicentre of the aftershock, that measured 5.0 on the Richter scale, was 70km north-east of the port city of Bandar Abbas, just above the Strait of Hormuz and Mussandam, Oman, according to the United States Geological Survey. The tremor was 35km deep.

The UAE's new national seismic network, run by the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, recorded the tremor at 7.36am, 14 minutes after it was first reported in Iran. No damage was caused. The network said the most recent tremor was an aftershock of the Iranian quake on Sept 10 that measured 6.1 and killed 10 people there. Bandar Abbas and the nearby tourist island of Qishm suffered severe damage to homes, buildings and hospitals in the quake two weeks ago. Office blocks in the UAE were evacuated as the network recorded 17 aftershocks that reached The UAE. It was the first test of the country's new seismic monitoring network, which was introduced in July.

jgerson@thenational.ae