Multiple earthquakes in southern Iran were felt by UAE residents on Tuesday morning. At 8:59 am UAE time, a 5.5-magnitude earthquake occurred in the region, as reported by the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).

Shortly after, at 9:10 am, the NCM recorded a second quake. The NCM shared on X (formerly Twitter): “A 6.0 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale was recorded in the south of Iran at 09:10, 17/10/2023 UAE time, according to the NCM’s National Seismic Network.”

Later in the day, at 12:22 pm, another 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Iran, which was also felt by residents in the UAE’s northern regions.

The UAE’s Meteorological Department confirmed that both earthquakes were “slightly felt by residents,” but emphasized that they did not have a significant impact. Some residents took to social media to share their experiences, with one person posting a video of a chandelier shaking and another asking if there was an earthquake in the UAE.

In response to reports of the earthquakes in Iran, one individual remarked, “That’s why the earthquake was felt as far away as the UAE.” A Facebook commenter inquired if anyone in Dubai felt the earthquake.

Seismology experts in the UAE reassured residents that there was no reason to worry about earthquakes, citing the country’s low to moderate seismic activity and its location outside of active seismic belts.

Khalifa Al Ebri, director of the Department of Seismology at NCM, previously stated that the UAE was safe in this regard.

The earthquake had a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).

It occurred in northern Hormozgan Province, with the epicenter approximately 61 km (38 miles) north of Bandar Abbas. Initial reports did not indicate damage or casualties, but there is a possibility of damage in areas near the epicenter. Comprehensive damage assessments, particularly in remote areas, may take several hours. Aftershocks are expected in the coming days.

Last Updated: 17 October 2023