Regional ripple: Mideast feels the tremor from Iran’s giant quake

Published April 16th, 2013 - 15:37 GMT

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Iran Shonbeh
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Image 1 of 8: Just one week after an earthquake hit Iran killing 37, lightning struck twice. Tuesday’s tremors initially saw Iran’s death toll at 40, but later estimates were lower. A state of emergency was declared in Saravan; rescue workers were deployed to assess the damage. Seismologists rate it one of the strongest quakes in the country’s history.

Karachi, Pakistan
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Image 1 of 8: Pakistan: At least thirteen people were killed and a number of buildings have been destroyed in Pakistani border towns close to the quake’s epicenter. Tremors were also felt in urban centers of Islamabad and Karachi, leading to mass evacuations

UAE Dubai tower
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Image 1 of 8: Dubai: Employees in local high-rises felt the shudder from the earthquake so they dashed down in panic-mode from the 21st floor on foot! They did not recognize it was an earthquake till a police car came on the scene and told them what they had been feeling.

Manama Bahrain
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Image 1 of 8: Bahrain: The Iranian earthquake rocked the small island state of Bahrain, with residents and workers having to evacuate in the capital Manama, clogging the streets with traffic as panicked Bahrainis and expats rushed home to see loved ones. Authorities warned people to stay away from the sea incase of larges seismic waves.

New Delhi, India
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Image 1 of 8: New Delhi: Tall buildings in New Delhi swayed, sending terrified office workers running in to the streets, as tremors from the massive quake reached the Indian capital. Earlier on Tuesday, tremors were felt in India’s Himalayan region, close to the Chinese border.

Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Image 1 of 8: Abu Dhabi: Families gathered in front of their homes because they were afraid the earthquake would produce repeat waves. The earthquake was registered locally as 4 on the rector scale and didn't the residents of the taller buildings know it, as they were jolted awake from their midday snoozes.

Doha, Qatar
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Image 1 of 8: Tremors shot across the Gulf region, with reports that people in the small oil-rich state of Qatar also felt the 7.8 magnitude quake. There are no reported deaths or even structural damage in Qatar, but authorities in the successful emirate are taking no risks and have warned residents that there are likely to be aftershocks.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Image 1 of 8: The earthquake, the strongest for five decades, sent people into panic overdrive across the region, including those in Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh. Civil defense staff in the Kingdom denied reports that they had urged people to evacuate their homes in case of aftershocks. There were no reported casualties or deaths.

Runners in Boston last night may have found themselves on shaky ground when explosive devices blasted them off their marathon course on the home stretch to the finishing line, but over in a different part of the globe, a natural disaster has shaken the Persian-Pakistani belt to its core.  A  powerful 7.8-magnitude quake has wreaked havoc with lives and livelihoods in the Near East.

The quake struck Iran near the border with Pakistan just a week after an earlier and milder tremor shook the country.

The last earthquake to rock Iran with a 7.8 magnitude happened in 1978 and killed approximately 15,000 people.

Reports from eye-witnesses on the ground tell of the quake taking those snatching their midday naps unawares and even while it hit a sparsely populated spot, hundreds of dead could be expected. For now, a state of confusion has gripped the media and conflicting death toll reports are getting news wires crossed. 

The epicenter and biggest jolt might have been felt in Southeastern Iran, bordering Pakistan, but the murmurs echoed in several countries in Asia on Tuesday. The Arabian peninsular felt some of the aftershock.  Whether rocking  buildings in the Indian capital of New Delhi, sending panic waves  through Karachi’s streets, and causing tremors through Persian Gulf states, the ripple effects were not confined to one or two nations.

Here’s a look a the afflicted countries’ first response in the wake of the latest deadly disaster to strike the core of the earth’s crust.The Mideast scape reels after Iran’s quake.

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