Very strong deadly earthquake in Southern Iran - At least 40 dead and over 1100 injured (also well felt in KSA and the UAE)

– Written by Armand Vervaeck, James Daniell and Jens Skapski

Understanding the tectonics behind the Southern Iran earthquake

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Focal mechanism of this earthquake

The April 9, 2013 M6.3 earthquake in southern Iran occurred as result of northeast-southwest oriented thrust-type motion in the shallow crust of the Arabian plate.
The depth and style of faulting in this event are consistent with shortening of the shallow Arabian crust within the Zagros Mountains in response to active convergence between the Arabian and Eurasian plates. Because this event is an intraplate event, occurring almost 300 km south of the main plate boundary, and since the event likely did not break the surface, precise identification of the causative fault is difficult at this time.

On a broad scale, the seismotectonics of southern Iran are controlled by active convergence between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates. This motion manifests in two ways: subduction in the Makran which stretches from the mouth of the Persian Gulf eastward into Pakistan, and continental collision in the Zagros Mountains, which stretch from the Makran northward into Iraq and Turkey.

The April 9 event occurred within the Zagros fold-and-thrust belt - the portion of the Zagros Mountains that border the north shore of the Persian Gulf. At the latitude of the event, convergence rates between Arabia and Eurasia are approximately 30 mm/yr. The Zagros Mountains experience high rates of seismicity, with thrust-type events similar to the April 9 earthquake and right-lateral strike slip events common. Recent thrust-type events as large as M6 have occurred south of the April 9 epicentral area in the Bandar-e-Abbas region. Highly damaging events such as the 2003 M6.6 Bam earthquake occurred outside of the Zagros Mountains, north of the Makran subduction zone, 660 km to the east of the April 9 event. While the Zagros region experiences high rates of seismicity, large (>M7) surface rupturing earthquakes here are rare.
Over the past 40 years, 5 events of M6 or greater have occurred with 300 km of the April 9 earthquake. The closest was an M6.1 right-lateral strike slip event on March 1, 1994, which killed approximately 50 people.

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Important update about NON-SCIENTIFIC earthquake prediction websites
The following should also be published in addition to the comment below in order to reduce some of the misinterpretations of a potential large earthquake that have been put up on the Iranian Facebook:-
"I must comment on this as this applies to my profession. Please consider that the best science cannot yet come up with a reliable prediction (specification of time, location and magnitude) of an earthquake. The site you link does not attempt to do this either, only stating there is a high likelihood of aftershocks in Iran. Given the large earthquake of yesterday, the occurrence of aftershocks are to be expected. However, the size of these aftershocks matters which can be larger than the main shock. We do not know this beforehand. In anycase, I looked through the link and there is no information on their "statistical methods" that I could find. My only request is not to misinterpret this or other information. There is no "Center for Global Earthquake Reporting - مرکزه لرزه نگاری جهانی" as implied in the Status; there is no reliable way of predicting earthquakes; and the best practice is to expect aftershocks on the fault where the earthquake occurred yesterday over the next few days or weeks." - Dr. B. Khazai, CEDIM, Karlsruhe, Germany.

مرکزه لرزه نگاری جهانی می گوید تا 48 ساعت آینده زلزله های بزرگی در ایران رخ می دهد ! - we do not agree with this.

Update 16:52 UTC : 40 killed (2 twins were stuck under the debris but have been unharmed) and 1100 injured. Many buildings have also been damaged by aftershocks - 3100 in total are showing some form of damage.

Update 16:18 UTC : Unofficial statementas are currently mentioning a death toll of 42.
The governor of Iran’s Bushehr Province says reconstruction operations have begun in the areas of the province that were hardest hit by the recent earthquake, as immediate relief efforts are completed.
Fereydoun Hassanvand said on Wednesday that with the completion of relief and rescue operations in the quake-stricken areas, efforts to repair and rebuild water, power and communications networks in the affected districts of Shanbeh and Tasouj have already gotten underway. (source presstv / Iran)

The leader of Islamic Revolution, Ali Khamenei, following the traumatic earthquake disaster in Bushehr by issuing a message for the victims and survivors of the incident asked for patience and wishing recovery for them.
The text is as follow:
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
With regret and sadness I have received the news of the earth quake in the Bushehr province with its human casualties and devastations.
With prayer, I am asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness for the deceased and healing, patience and reward for the victims and survivors.
I would like to ask the honorable representative of the Supreme leader and respected province authorities, as well as government authorities [in Tehran] to use all your efforts to rescue the victims and to support and help the survivors.
I hope our beloved people from all over the country as always play their brilliant role to alleviate the suffering of the disaster victims.
Peace and God's mercy
Sayed Ali Khamenei
20 / April / 1392

UPDATE 11:30 - The death toll remains at 40.

UPDATE 11:30 - We have had a lot of requests and comments about a "prediction of a big earthquake" by (we refuse to link to this website).
We would like to say to the public that although there is ALWAYS a minor chance of such an earthquake occurring there is A VERY LARGE CHANCE that it will not occur, and not to use such probabilities wrongly in comments on Facebook and Twitter.
There is also NO DOCUMENTATION from such a website.
A site which deals with real-time probabilities of earthquakes openly is Here you will see the probability is much lower.
We would also like to remind our viewers that earthquakes cannot be predicted.

UPDATE 11:00 - At least 40 people have died and 1000 people have been injured as a result of this earthquake according to current government figures. Over 100 of the 1000 injured have been severely injured.

UPDATE 05:18 - Apart from the number of houses destroyed changing upward to 700, there has been good news in that the death toll has not changed from 37.

A very large aftershock of M5.6 struck the same region, however most people should be out of their houses and it is expected that fatalities will be kept to a minimum.

The relief and support given to victims has been commendable and many disaster relief staff and doctors and nurses are on site tending to the 100-150 severely injured.

UPDATE 03:00 - The pictures below are showing the damage in the village of Dashti, Iran. The death toll hasn't changed since our update from yesterday evening.

Image courtesy and copyright FARS agency Iran

Image courtesy and copyright FARS agency Iran

Image courtesy and copyright FARS agency Iran

Image courtesy and copyright FARS agency Iran


UPDATE 19:42 - Although Iranian SAR troops (which are highly skilled) will work all night, news will be very limited (based on multiple earlier Iranian earthquakes we have followed). We expect more news tomorrow morning. We will follow events however at regular intervals and will post it whenever it becomes available

UPDATE 18:30 - The death toll has risen by 5 to 37.

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 SUMMARY 18:00 -
The number of dead: 32 (with 24 bodies currently at the coroners)
The number of severely injured: 100
The number of slightly injured: 750
Pulled from the rubble (rescued): 20
Rescuers on site: 500
Aftershocks so far (significant): 42

There have been 3 villages that have been completely destroyed with the worst being that of Baghani, and another 47 that have some damage with the city of Khormoj having the most. Over 3000 households can be housed in emergency accommodation. So far it has been calculated that around 200 houses have major damage, thus less families are currently in accommodation.

With the cold weather, the main hope is to provide shelter for all people during the night, despite the ongoing aftershocks. Over 1000 tents have been transferred to the region. It is also hoped that the landslides have not engulfed any houses.

No damage has occurred in the oil fields of the Gulf, as well as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Qatar and Kuwait. They did however have some shaking and it was well felt (thank you for all the felt reports). In addition, there were some high rise buildings that were evacuated as a precaution.

It is of course nighttime now, and more of the destruction will be seen in the morning.

In addition:
“The earthquake in no way affected the normal situation at the [Bushehr nuclear] reactor. Personnel continue to work in the normal regime and radiation levels are fully within the norm,” RIA Novosti quoted an official at Atomstroyexport as saying.

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UPDATE 15:34- Number of injured persons rose to 800. In the meantime, Japan and Turkey offered their help for earthquake victims.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 6.16.14 PM UPDATE 15:02- 31 people were confirmed dead in Bushehr so far.

UPDATE 14:57- 23 villages are affected by the quake, the government says.

UPDATE 14:53- Number of injuries was raised to at least 650. Most of them were transfered to hospital. Rescue teams start to use sniffer dogs to look for spilled people.

UPDATE 14:45- Panic was also created in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi-Arabia. People from higher buildings rushed to the streets. Some buildings in Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE) were evacuated after the quake. 

UPDATE 14:19- No damage has been reported from the oil fields yet, however they have had decent shaking up to MMI IV.

UPDATE 14:13- 500 people are confirmed injured so far. Regional water supply and electricity have been cut off by the quake. More than 1,000 tents have been transferred to Bushehr province.

SUMMARY 14:00- The towns closest to the epicenter have suffered greatly.
- The death toll remains at 12, however is expected to rise in the coming hours.
- Around 40,000 people are affected most of all.
- Landslides were seen.
- A M6.1 earthquake occurred at a depth of 10km in the sparsely populated Bushehr/Kaki region.
- The Bushehr nuclear facility is running smoothly.
- Rescue teams continue to work on retrieving bodies and rescuing survivors from the masonry rubble.

Shaking map

Shaking map

UPDATE 13:49- There are currently 100 rescuers on the scene. According to the rescuers, the towns of Baghani and Senate (bad Farsi translations) in Khormoj have been 100% destroyed (it is still unclear whether the entire village has been destroyed or just some buildings). There are fatalities and injuries that are expected.

UPDATE 13:41- It is as yet unclear if any houses have been affected by the major landslides and rockfalls that have occurred in the mountains.

UPDATE 13:36- The 4 closest villages are currently being assessed. Certain routes (like the highway) closest to the earthquake-stricken areas are closed. This earthquake is rated as CATDAT Red, and is unlikely to be CATDAT Dark Red.

UPDATE 13:33- Some of the aftershocks will also be lightly felt in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. It is quite likely however that no greater earthquakes will occur than the 6.1 that occurred earlier. The quake triggered panic in Dubai’s high-rise buildings and residents rushed out (it is unclear whether any injuries resulted). Some buildings in the Dubai Marina area have been evacuated and workers sent home according to Gulf News sources.

UPDATE 13:30- Villages in Kaki and closer have some homes that have suffered 100% destruction (collapsed according to the Iran classification). These are likely to be of masonry and it can be expected that a 5-15% fatality rate occurs in these buildings.

UPDATE 13:27- At least 12 people are reported dead.

UPDATE 13:23- The death toll has risen to 5. There are scenes of destruction in Kaki, with many destroyed houses being reported. In addition damage in Borozjan Bushehr and also Khormoj. The arrival of teams from Fars and Bushehr will allow for a better range of fatality information soon. The theoretical USGS PAGER model predicts around 200 fatalities as a median (35% chance between 100-1000 fatalities), so there is a high likelihood that a higher number of fatalities will occur than currently reported.

UPDATE:- Many aftershocks have hit the region. The death toll remains at 3, however is expected to rise.

UPDATE:- The Bushehr nuclear facility (around 100km from the quake) is functioning normally.

UPDATE:- 20 rescue personnel in 4 assessment teams, and 2 helicopters have been sent. Kaki city has some destroyed houses, and some poorly built rural houses in Bushehr (around 50-60km away) have cracking. It is expected that Kaki and Khormoj will have the most destruction.


Kaki City

Kaki City

UPDATE:- Kaki city actually has 10,000 people. Thus, there is more exposure than first thought. Unfortunately, death rates of around 2-3% are not uncommon from such earthquakes. Red Crescent assessment teams have been sent to the scene.

UPDATE:- The Siraj highway is quite close to the epicenter and around 16-22km from Khormoj. 3 people have died, and there are helicopters and assistance being sent to the region. In addition, many landslides have been seen.

UPDATE:- The earthquake has occurred near the Borozjan fault, near a salt dome. There appears to be a town of around 2000 people from satellite images that is close to the earthquake epicenter. Good news is that it is further from Khormoj than first expected from the Iran epicenter.

UPDATE:- Finally news, from the earthquake epicenter where a M6.1 earthquake (local magnitude by IIEES, Iran) - there has been damage reported in Kaki County. In addition, there are scattered reports of possible casualties.

UPDATE:- It is generally bad news in Iran as there are no reports from ISNA, IRNA or Fars News currently on the earthquake. All major agencies have given a shallow 6.2 to 6.3 earthquake (GEOFON, USGS and EMSC). It is expected however that the earthquake may be slightly deeper than first thought which may reduce fatalities. Iran has a very low Q value, meaning that generally earthquake waves reduce in energy (attenuate) faster with distance.

UPDATE:- Many towers have been evacuated across Dubai and in the Middle East given the light shaking. The area of main concern however is the epicentral region. Bushehr at 90km from the epicenter should have been spared major damage, but the closer towns probably not.

UPDATE:- A M5.4 aftershock has also occurred, which will have added to the possible damage.

UPDATE:- There are approximately 3000 people living in the intensity 8 shaking zone according to the USGS PAGER model and 15000 people in the intensity 7 shaking zone. Khvormuj is a city in and capital of Dashti County, Bushehr Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 31,667, in 6,966 families. It is around 25km away from the epicenter.

A strong earthquake has been felt across the region. Magnitude 6.2 in southern Iran can often cause major damage especially when at a shallow depth. It is worth remembering that the 2003 Bam earthquake had a magnitude around 6.5, and caused around 25,000 deaths.

A M6 earthquake struck the same region of Khormoj in 1976 on the 22nd of April causing some damage but no fatalities.

It has been felt intensity IV in Dubai (probably long period waves in a high building).

This current earthquake has been felt in Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.1 (IIEES Local), 6.3Mw (USGS Global)

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-04-09 16:22:51

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-04-09 11:52:51

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 12 km, 10km


Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 23:34 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 23:33 4.2 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 23:19 3.8 8 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 23:12 3.7 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 22:51 3.6 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 22:36 3.7 18 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 22:23 3.7 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 22:20 4.0 25 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 22:15 3.7 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 21:53 4.5 15 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 21:53 4.6 10 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 21:53 4.4 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 21:41 3.6 19 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 21:18 4.1 2 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 21:18 4.3 10 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 21:18 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 21:01 4.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 20:54 4.9 10 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 20:54 4.9 10 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 20:54 4.8 9 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 20:06 4.6 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 20:06 4.7 10 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 20:06 4.6 19 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 19:51 3.5 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 19:37 3.8 14 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 19:10 4.4 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 19:10 4.4 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 19:10 4.4 10 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 18:59 4.3 10 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 18:59 4.4 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 18:59 4.3 5 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 18:46 3.8 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 18:03 3.9 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 17:27 3.7 23 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 17:21 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 17:21 4.4 9 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 17:21 4.4 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 16:32 4.7 10 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 16:32 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 16:32 4.7 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 16:27 3.6 23 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 16:20 3.7 30 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 15:26 3.6 34 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 15:17 3.8 18 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 15:05 4.2 10 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 15:05 4.5 10 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 15:05 4.2 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 14:48 3.9 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 14:44 4.8 20 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 14:44 5.0 14 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 14:44 4.8 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 14:22 3.7 35 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 14:16 3.6 33 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 14:00 3.5 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 13:42 3.6 36 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 13:36 4.0 18 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 13:30 4.7 10 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 13:30 4.8 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 13:30 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 13:03 4.6 15 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 13:03 4.5 15 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 13:03 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 12:58 3.7 15 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 12:52 4.0 37 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 12:47 4.8 15 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 12:47 4.7 30 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 12:47 4.7 10 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 12:41 4.8 10 MAP
USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 12:41 4.7 10 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 12:41 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 12:31 4.1 18 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 12:18 4.2 36 MAP
EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 12:15 4.4 26 MAP
GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 12:05 5.4 10 MAP
  • Abu Dhabi - 10th floor Offices building. Emergency evacuation apply.
  • Musherib - I was in my flat on the 5th floor of a 9 story apartment and felt like I was swaying. Grabbed my bag and shoe and headed down the stairs to the street. The guy on the ground floor didn't feel it.
  • Ajman - Felt it in the 19th floor it was swinging.
  • Abu Dhabi - I suddenly felt dizzy and sick and realized it's not only me. The whole office on 13 th floor HQ building felt it. Really strong and scary.
  • Doha - 5th floor office and chair moved side to side for about 5 seconds. Evacuated as a precaution.
  • Abu Dhabi - I was watching TV. Suddenly a very strong movement!
  • EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 12:05 5.4 10 MAP
    USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 12:05 5.4 10 MAP
    GEOFON Southern Iran Apr 09 11:52 6.4 14 MAP
  • Kuwait - Felt my apartment shaking for a few seconds.
  • Dubai - Minor tremor.
  • Kuwait - Slight shaking!
  • Dubai, UAE - Very minor shaking of building, lasted a few minutes!
  • sharjah - just felt a slight swing on the top floor
  • Jubail, Saudi Arabia - Felt table moving for 2 seconds
  • Dubai - Building 0n 8th Floor light swaying
  • Abu Dhabi - Lasted for 6 seconds.
  • Doha - Building stared swaying, chandeliers swayed back and forth
  • dubai - Based in dubai. Building shaking (10th floor).
  • al khobar,Saudi Arabia - Really jus now that is 3:00PM I felt slightly my flat hall shaking a bit I felt as wel as my mom too-Al Khobar
  • Sharjah - I felt my body move a little.
  • Bahrain - Felt building shake slightly
  • Dubai - I was working and I felt some movement in the building.
  • bahrain - could feel the swaying for at least 6 seconds while i was on the laptop. my 18 year old daughter too felt it in the other room
  • Ras Laffan Qatar - Our 6 floor office building evacuated as continuous shakes felt for 5 seconds
  • Dubai - At 3.55pm Dubai local time felt some lateral movement.
  • Bahrain,Manama - i live on the second floor and it was minor, but people living in the bldg next to mine( 15 storey) got out of their flats so must have felt it much stronger
  • abu dhbai - was for 6 -8 seconds and stopped
  • Ajman UAE - 21 st floor
  • Shiraz - It was shaking around one minute. It was fun!
  • Bahrain - Felt the shaking . My sofa was shaking. Bahrain
  • Dammam - We have felt in Dammam around 15:05. All employees left the building
  • khobar - just now experience make us afraid thinking it is the last minute of life
  • bahrain - felt shaking on the 6th floor while sitting for 5-10 seconds and chandeliers were swinging.
  • abu dhabi - the chandelier shaked
  • Bahrain - Building shook in Manama
  • Dubai - 9th Floor Building
  • Sharjah - Felt the swaying for 5 secs on 15th floor..
  • Dubai, UAE - At approx 13:05 UTC, chair was rocking back and forth gently for about 45 sec. Office is on 4th storey of 4 storey building.
  • Ras Tanura - Felt the office shaking for some 20 seconds...weird experience never felt it before....
  • Abu Dhabi - Very small shakes in an office building for a few minutes
  • Abu-Dhabi - Very slight shake ...minute ..very low
  • Dammam - it was shaking and myself and 3 of my collegues felt in Mowasat Hospital, Dammam 91, Dammam, KSA
  • AlKhobar, near Rashid Mall - Felt the buidling sway slightly for a couple of seconds
  • Doha - Felt the shake for 10 seconds
  • abu dhabi - was studying when everything shoke for few minutes !
  • doha, qatar - for a good 10 seconds we all felt the building swaying back and forth.
  • Doha - There was a weak shaking.
  • Al Khobar,Saudi Arabia - I felt my chaor and sofa and the walls shaking for a few seconds approx.5 seconds
  • Ras Laffan Doha - Movement felt for around 30 seconds
  • seef area, Bahrain - Hotel was shaking. 8th Floor and chandelier and curtains were swaying.
  • sharjah, uae - felt dizzy and disoriented
  • Doha, close to Airport - I felt my chair in office shaking
  • Dubai - Light swaying of the building. On 11th Floor. Lasted about 12 seconds
  • Dubai - around 4pm for 3 seconds approx.
  • Abu Dhabi - Slight swaying action like being light headed
  • dubai - I was on the 9th floor in my building and felt a gentle rumble under my chair. I looked up and saw the ceiling lamps sway slightly.
  • Busaiteen - My whole bed was shaking.
  • al shaheen field offshore - shaking felt inside the platform...
  • Dubai - 4th floor minor shaking!
  • Dubai - 19th floor - light fixtures swinging
  • Dubai - downtown - 8th floor of office block shaking slightly - noticed by everyone
  • Business bay - we can feel the strong earthquake
  • Dubai, UAE - 15th floor at pool: chair shaking horizontally and pool water was moving very rapidly and hard
  • Dubai,Dusit Thani hotel - TV,chandelier and my hanging flower shaking.
  • Abu Dhabi - Office building floor shook and a bit of a sway
  • corniche , abu dhabi - i was walking under my building on corniche and suddenly felt the earth is shaking for around 5 seconds maximum, felt like a group of helicopters were coming from far away
  • Doha - Barely felt much, yet still left the house
  • Juffair, Bahrain - 9th floor of building swaying
  • Abu Dhabi - The ceiling lights were swaying..
  • Dubai - Felt light shaking in an Office on 6th floor around 4.05 pm. I though I was getting dizzy at first.
  • Doha Qatar - A light shaking was experienced at the Standard Chartered Bank Building at Corniche and adjacent buildings 1 hour ago.
  • Doha, Qatar - I was lying in bed and suddenly felt bed shaking and all hanging items. Terrifying experience!
  • Dubai - Felt a weak shaking in our office building on 25th floor.
  • Dubai - at Emaar Square near Dubai Mall
  • Doha - gentle shaking in the building
  • Dhahran - In a 13 floor building, I felt I'm swinging for few milliseconds... I thought I'm feeling dizzy!!
  • Al Khubar - felt dizzy, the chair was slightly shaking with the curtains and kids toys
  • Bahrain - Felt the shake for a few mins
  • Qatar - I felt a light shake in my office tower
  • Dubai Downtown - 4pm. Approx. Building was felt swaying and shaking by over 50 staff. Lasted at least 2 minutes.
  • Abu Dhabi - Am on 13th floor and could feel movement, and hear creaks. Lampshades were swaying.
  • doha qatar - felt a shake and my hanging home decors were swaying
  • Dubai - Shutters swaying side to side for around 10 seconds and lightheaded feeling
  • Dubai - Shaking for few seconds in Emaar Square, Dubai.
  • Manama, Bahrain - Office building started shaking.
  • Bahrain - Building shook for 5-6 sec, stopped and shook again.
  • dubai - Glass was creaking and felt dizzy on 21 Storey
  • Doha - felt shaking for 10-15 seconds
  • Sharjah, UAE - the chimes in our house were tingling
  • Doha, Qrail Building - Felt the whole building shaking at about 3pm
  • Doha - I live in Doha and I felt it
  • Dubai - Felt the table shaking and my colleagues felt it too in Dubai media city.
  • bahrain financial harbor - Some pc monitors were shaking and ee were told to evacuate the building
  • Dammam, Saudi Arabia - I felt a vibration for about 30 seconds. I work on the 5th floor of an office building, and the building shook, and then seemed to vibrate at the MMII level for a few more minutes
  • Kuwait - Sofa and table shaking on the fifth floor.
  • Doha Pearl - Felt the building swaying for about 20 seconds on the 15th floor
  • Doha - I felt the building shake for about 10 seconds
  • Raha beach Abu Dhabi uae - It was pretty scary as I am from California and don't expect earthquakes in the uae. I was inside and felt the building smoothly shaking (like rolling) for about 10 seconds.
  • Doha - thought am just getting nauseous but turns out the whole building is shaking..scary!
  • Jubail Industrial City - I felt maybe for 5 seconds while sitting at exit stair at 5th floor.
  • qatar - for a few seconds in industrial area we are feeling some thing strange shake
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Firm shaking, as is usually felt in Dubai when Iran has an earthquake.
  • Doha - 21st floor in West Bay, minor shaking for 25 seconds
  • Doha, Qatar - Doha, Qatar swaying around in circles on 14th floor
  • Al Khobar - most confusing 3 seconds ever
  • Doha - First I thought my head is dizzy, then after 5 seconds realized it was an earthquake. Watched the fan, it was shaking.
  • dubai almas tower 23rd floor - there was slight swaying of building, i was on 23rd floor
  • Doha - Building started shaking, (3rd Floor)
  • Dubai, baniyas road - was rocking in my chair for a good 10 secs and wondering if my last nights whisky had anything to do with it
  • Kuwait - Light shaking on 18th floor building. Lasted for 10 seconds may be.
  • Dubai - 14th floor of office building...felt extremely light headed and slight sway of building
  • Abu Dhabi - just a slight shaking
  • Doha, Very near to Airport - 4th floor, shaking heavily.
  • abu dhabi - my table was shaking bit.i felt so.
  • Doha, Qatar - Zig Zag was swaying
  • diplomat area, manama, bahrain - i felt two strong shaking when i was working on my pc in the office.
  • abu dhabi - i didnt feel it much,
  • Manama Bahrain - It lasted for about a minute. It may have been a shade under a 4. The building swayed and the affect on the 11th floor may have been exaggerated. Many people evacuated.
  • Adiliya , Bahrain - I felt my office chair shaking like someone was calling me. I turned around and no one was there. I was startled and the shaking continued. After a while I Heard about the earthquake in Iran.
  • Dubai - I felt the light wobbliness. I though I was sick 🙂
  • Khobar, Saudi Arabia - Building shook.
  • Dubai - Felt on floor 33 of a hotel. Tables shaking!
  • Abu Dhabi - Earthquakes be like "I whip yo city back n forth I whip yo city back n forth yeaahh"
  • Doha, Airport Road - I felt dizzy, like if on a boat swaying!
  • Abu Dhabi - 2 times building was shaking
  • Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia - I was on the telephone and felt like I was getting dizzy. My colleague felt the same experience and then got it confirmed that there was something happening.
  • manama bahrain - Building was swaying. Originally from California and I thought I was back there for a few seconds.
  • Abu Dhabi - 13th floor, slight swaying of building, light fittings and doors.
  • Dubai - 39 Floor was swaying, cant imagine Burj Khalifa top 😛
  • Abu Dhabi - On the 6th floor of building, felt almost nothing but the lights were shaking. People on higher floors felt it more.
  • Sharjah UAE - Building shaking for around 3 minutes
  • Dubai - Felt a light swaying of the building on 26th floor and confirmed same by looking at the lamp suspended from ceiling which was swinging like a pendul
  • Abu Dhabi - all my chandeliers started shaking.... even me!
  • Abu Dhabi, Corniche Area - 4.00 p.m.I was sitting on the sofa and my spine felt like it was shaking. Then I realized my whole body was moving. I called my kids down and they said the light fixtures were swaying. Lasted a few minutes.
  • Bahrain - Building shook for 10 sec max - as if you experienced dizziness
  • Dubai - Shaking of internal glass partitions for about 30 secs
  • doha,qatar - it was like we on a rolling floor
  • Dubai - This is my second experience in Dubai, and that too @ office hrs. 19th floor Media City...
  • Doha - I felt an earthquake. I was sitting on the sofa. Suddenly my sofa started rocking sideways. It lasted for 30 seconds.
  • Bahrain - Plants in my Office were dancing for less than 15 secs
  • kuwait - we felt a minor tremor for about 5 minutes on the 9th floor of my building.
  • Abu Dhabi - 50th floor and everything was swaying
  • khamis - The cupboard wa shaking
  • Kuwait City - Kuwait....felt my office desk shaking for a few seconds :
  • kuwait - (frames in the office building swaying back and forth - 20 secs
  • Doha - I felt my house shake
  • dammam,saudi - felt light shaking
  • Salmabad, Bahrain - hanging lamp swing
  • Dubai - sustained small shaking and vibration
  • doha - i nwas lying on my bed n thot tht maybe the bed was weak and shaking coz of my wieght but it turn out to be an earthqauke this is the frst tym i ever experienced a shake!!!!
  • Sharjah - Light movements and i though i am unwell
  • Dubai Marina - We Felt a light shaking in our office building on 25th floor in Dubai Marina.
  • Kuwait - Mahboula - I felt the building shaking for around 4 seconds.
  • Al Khobar Saudi Arabia - We felt earthquake aroung 3:20pm, on the 8th floor of the building.
  • Doha Qatar - Felt the tremor strongly/.. We stay on the 7th floor and could feel the building shaking.. all the furnitures/utensils etc were moving.. scarry
  • doha, qatar - 7th floor apartment, rocking back and forth
  • Doha, Qatar - Felt swaying and rattling of windows in the 23rd floor of building
  • Dubai - All of our colleagues felt the desks and chair slightly moving. The filing trays were moving.
  • Bahrain,Juffair. - My mom and sister and I were eating..Suddenly everything hanging started shaking.
  • bahrain - on 22nd floor of west tower BFH, felt building sway and shake.
  • Manama - Our building was shaking
  • Doha Westbay - West Bay Buildings were shaking evacuated
  • HMC Accomodation, Bldg 3, 7th Flr - thought i was feeling dizzy though i was lying down on bed while talking on the phone, but then i saw the clothes hanger moving and the cabinet beside it
  • dubai - blinds swaying slightly on 27th floor
  • Doha - building shook, everyone felt dizzy, building evacuated!
  • doha - i was lying on the bed and my whole body started shaking n i thot maybe its just the bed bt then realised it was an earthuake!!
  • Dhahran - Building wobbled a little for less than 10 seconds.
  • doha - I was in a tall building near Corniche
  • Doha - Bed moved a few centimeters for about half a minute.
  • Doha - Felt for about 15 seconds. Quite noticeable shake. People from all the nearby buildings ran down through the emergency exits.
  • Doha (Qatar) - minor shaking of tall buildings. Immediately apparent to all occupants
  • Dubai - Pool water swayed out of the roof top pool on 55th floor.
  • Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia - Our office building shook for about 30 seconds around 3:07PM (Local Time: GMT+3) . The building was evacuated within minutes. Things returned to normal now.
  • manama. - I felt like drowzy . I knew it is an earthquake . I did not enter my building.
  • Al-Khobar - I felt dizzy for a few seconds when the quake hit. A few minutes later I got a phone call from my friend saying that an earthquake had hit our area. But he didn't feel it as he was not in a building.
  • Dubai - On 25th floor of building, weak shaking.
  • Al Khobar - Our office building started swaying. We sustained cracks and falling plaster. It was at least 20 seconds.
  • manama, bahrain - Am resting lying on my bed when I felt its like shaking...ignored it 'coz I know there's no faultline in M.E. but doubted when the shake continues for 5 seconds or so.....
  • Hawalli, Kuwait - We had the frames on wall shaking in our office and all employees felt it.
  • Dubai - Felt light swaying from 25th floor
  • doha Al-sadd - everyone in the road light shaking
  • Dhahran, Saudi Arabia - Was working at my desk in a 13 story building when a slow back-and-forth movement started. It lasted less than 30 seconds.
  • Salmiya, Kuwait - We felt it from the 8th floor of our office building around 2.55 pm Kuwait time and lasted about two minutes. It was mild but caused dizziness. I hope this information helps! Great site! Thanks
  • Abu Dhabi - The doors,curtains started swaying and the bed felt like a swing. 12th floor of a building.
  • Manama, Bahrain - At 7th floor. Our office building was shaking for about 20 seconds. Fire marshalls of the building chose to evacuate all staff. Everyone stayed out for some 10 minutes before resuming the daily activities. Sadly, afterwards just coffee available, nothing stronger.
  • sharjah - light shaking of the building
  • Jubail - I was sittng on sofa at 3:20pm I felt my sofa is shaking I look around but no one was there then I ask my neighbor she also felt same
  • Doha - I was in the office on the 5th floor and my chair was shaking for around 20 seconds..was quiet strong and i got a headache
  • abu dhabi - I felt vertigo type condition at 17th floor in my apartment.
  • Dammam-Rakka - We were on the fourth floor and felt that building will collapse. May be this was due to my first experience but people ran out of the building for safety.
  • Al Khobar - Shocked and shacked
  • Sharjah - I thought my head was spinning but then I noticed the lights were moving
  • DOHA - Strong shaking, 11th floor, Downtown c-ring, lasts for approx 1 minute. building was wobling all sides
  • Deira, Dubai - I found my Old Newspaper kept on a shelf fell down, when i reched home for lunch. Probably due to minor shake.....
  • Bahrain - felt our building shake
  • Dammam - I felt I was dizzy but later found out it was a tremor.felt the ground move,
  • Doha - Everybody felt it along the Corniche, people ran and waited outside. Shortly after everyone advised to go home.
  • Dhahran, KSA - The 12th Floor of 13 at Al-Midra shook slightly with the walls moving and the plants shaking.
  • Al Khobhar - Well , siren was ringing continuously & Building was shaking a bit . All Evacuated. D K
  • Qatar,westbay - I office is on the 27th floor and my building was shaking. Never experienced it before and so I felt I am feeling dizzy. We had to vacate the building. Shocking xperience.
  • Adliya Bahrain - I thought that it was just my migraine but when my officemate also came to me and said if i felt it then its really shaking. I've heard also from our driver that in Seef Area, people were going out of the building beacuse it's shaking.
  • Bahrain - I was at Bahrain Financial Harbour when I felt the shake for a minute atleast.All staff evacuated immediately.
  • Dubai - Shaking building, went down the stairs from the 13th floor with aftershocks rocking slightly
  • Manama, Bahrain - Building shook in eccentric way at 18th floor where our office is. Personally i felt bit dizzy. many people were came to open ground as earthquake was moderate.
  • Raslaffan,qatar - Earth shaked upto 30seconds,i felt my brain was shaking later i realised earthquake happened.30secs my 5thfloor was shaking we scared much.
  • Doha - Was on the top floor of a 25 storeyed building. Building started shaking and people started exiting through the fire exits. Colleagues on the ground floor didn't feel a thing though.
  • khalidia,abu dhabi - I saw may table swaying and i went in living room i saw the chandillier is swaying
  • Al Khobar - It was around 10-15 seconds i was working on my laptop it was shaking.
  • Dubai - On 15th floor of high rise Sheik Zayed Rd - we evacuated
  • Doha west bay - 32 nd floor west bay area blinds slight rattle, woozy feeling, about 10-15 sec
  • al khobar - i live khobar shumaliyah, i felt shaking today twice at 3 pm and around 3.5 pm
  • Budaiya, Bahrain - Sitting in front of my workstation,I felt my chair legs are shaking, for a second I thought it was an earthquake, but just like the others, I ignore it thinking its impossible because there's no earthquake in bahrain.
  • Doha - We where in our apartment located near airport,when suddenly myself and my room mates felt a mild shake.
  • Dammam - At first i thought it was just me being dizzy...but then I got to know there was a tremor so i realized i felt the ground shake..wasnt me :P:S Also,my husband felt the toilet seat shaking and thought he was gonna faint :S
  • Doha - I could feel my head spinning and later realized the whole tower is shaking.
  • Bahrain Manama - felt my couch shaking and could see windows swaying.
  • Manama, Bahrain - It was during my lunch break. I was listening to an audio file and had headphones on when I felt myself shaking. At first I thought it was an earthquake but then I told myself that wasn't possible since Bahrain is not quake-prone. But after 20 or so minutes, news reports confirmed that actually a quake had shook the country.
  • Dubai - DIFC - felt the building in Gate Village sway lightly for about 20 seconds, 4th floor
  • Doha Qfib at Regency Travel C-Ring Road - All building staff of tenant companies evacuated to assembly points.
  • Dhahran, KSA - weak shaking and lights trembling
  • juffair,Bahrain - it was shaking strongly
  • Al-Khobar - About 45 seconds.
  • tubli - my table got cracks whli working.
  • Doha - I realised shaking for about two times. we are in sixth floor in Doha, Qatar.
  • doha - ohhh my bed was shaking :
  • Al Khobar - (Our office building started swaying. We sustained cracks and falling plaster. It was at least 20 seconds.
  • Doha, Qatar - I was at 11th Floor at our office near the outer glass cladding. Felt the building shaking front and back ways. Everyone evacuated through the fire escape.
  • Doha - 8th floor in 14 floor building, felt strong moving for about 15-20 seconds at 14:53 local time, evacuation of building
  • al khobar - i was on the phone trying to get the confirmation for the reservation i made for our guests when i felt the ground shaking. at first i was in doubt, so i had to check if my office mate felt the "shake" also. while i was talking to him ( which lasted for 10 seconds at least)it was still shaking, so he immediately ran outside to check if everyones left and he came back running telling everyone to vacate the building.. i had to go by stairs from 8th floor to ground and could still feel the "shake"
  • Kuwait - Hawalli - It was more or less as a wave and lasted for not less than 2 minutes.
  • sharjah - me and my friends were sitting in the drawing room when we felt lightes and sofas moving horizantly...
  • Bahrain - Diplomatic Area - We heard very low sound of breaking or crashing we thought that that the wall is making the sound and suddenly felt dizzy and we noticed that the building was moving
  • Doha Qatar - It was like being on a boat for about 3 seconds, swaying and like I was about to faint.
  • Al Khobar ( Khobar ) - We were at the fifth floor. We saw every things shaking and we ran down.
  • Al Sadd, Doha, Qatar - I felt dizzy and nausea. We evacuated the building for safety precautions.
  • Dhahran - I was at my computer and suddenly felt sick. The feeling lasted between 3 - 7 seconds but left me feeling unwell. A lady 5 meters away from me didn't feel anything but everybody else in my area felt it. We weren't sure it was a quake because nothing fell but you could definitely feel swaying. Not pleasant at all!
  • Doha - 45th floor in Doha. Building was shaking and creaking for more than a minute. Building evacuated.
  • Dubai - On 24th floor silver tower, weak shaking but felt dizzy.
  • abu dhabi - i was in bed, i feel little shake in my bed, i thought its normal, then i believe it
  • Dubai - Building shook
  • Doha - Vibration felt at 11.50UTC, lights swinging, building cracking, I almost falled down emergency evacuation at 12.50UTC.
  • Abudhabi, Airport road - i felt shaking my building slowly, i coudlnt recognize it cus i never thought such thing would occur! but it was scary! it was really shaking, my whole family just got outta the building!
  • Salmiya, Kuwait - We've felt our office building shaking for about 10 seconds.
  • Iran, Kangan - We were in the meeting in Kangan PH.12 Gas Project. the building shake strongly and the mountain was full of dust.
  • Bahrain - I felt shaking and went out of the building, Bahrain
  • Abu dhabi electra st - I was sitting then suddenly i felt like someone was slightly swaying me. I got a bit dizzy. The chandeliers starting to move. I'm on the 11th flr. It's scary..
  • Abu Dhabi - iwas sittin on the sofa just felt strong dizziness feeling, suddenly chandeliers swayed back and forth. OMG was dam scary experience! never felt it before....
  • Doha - ഇവിടെ ഒന്നും ഇല്ല ഭൂമി കുലുങ്ങിയില്ല
  • Doha - At my office and was reading the excel sheet and theought I am feeling dizzy, then my mate went the building is moving, we ran our down the stairs and as we were the evacuation alarm sounded too, no damage or injuries but offices are closed
  • Hidd - I felt like I was swinging in the chair in my office!
  • Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates - I felt my laptop shaking on my lap slightly. I thought I was imagining it until my friends said that they felt it too.
  • doha - I felt the Iran Bank building in bank street doha shaking, I and all my colleagues got away soon out of that building
  • Doha, Qatar - In office on 40th floor, building started to sway and shake. Having been living in Tokyo, I recognised it as an earthquake. Waited for it to stop then started to evacuate. Aftershock felt some minutes later
  • NSH Tower Khobar - My office at 12th floor was shaking. I felt that it was me feeling it when I came out of my office everyone were running.
  • Doha - our office Building was shaking,felt like my head is moving due to bp, after inquiry Confirmed earth quake & office has been evaucated
  • Al Khobar, Jaffali Bldg - We felt our Building swaying and the walls shaking for a few seconds approx.5 seconds
  • Manama, Bahrain - I was on the 16th floor and felt the table shaking. The building was evacuated immediately.
  • Dhahran - We're at 11th floor of Al Midra tower and felt slight shaking at about 3:05 pm.
  • Dammam, Saudi Arabia - Felt my bed rock. I thought my mind is playing tricks.
  • Doha - Felt minor shaking on 5th Floor.
  • uae, abu dhabi, hamdan street - today off duty i was in my bed and felt it shaking and i feel iam moving while at sit watching movie, i did stand up to confirm the shaking of the place and indeed the clothes hanged in the ceiling are moving...its an earthquake for d 1ST TIME IN 5 YEARS I STAY HERE i felt the earthquake i screamed calling my room mates... i was scared but am thinking what best to do is to pray first and do not panic but i did called the person i think if they felt also the quake.Thanks God we are safe.
  • salmiya - I am a student of grade 6 when we were getting ready for the next period we felt something rumbling and our books started to shake when i came home i went to my neighbors house and then a plastic cup fell down
  • Al-Khobar, KSA - Al-Khobar Business Gate, 9 storied bldg. We were in the 3rd floor. felt quite a moderate shk at 2.55pm today 09-04-13. Navaid Taher
  • Bahrain - The office table was shaking. I didn't know whats happening. Soon I got calls from friends regarding earthquake.
  • Doha - West Bay area, 15th floor, standing in one of the building's two cores. Prolonged swaying (around 1-0.5Hz) felt for 20-30 seconds. A number of us though it was a dizzy spell.
  • Bellvue - In hotel with daughter who said, did you feel that? I thought she was joking but my other two daughters said they felt something too.
  • Doha - Was on the 18th floor of an office building, felt the movement of the building and hurried out.
  • Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia - Doors were shaking, chandelier was swaying, water in glasses was sloshing. I felt like I was moving back and forth while seated on a sofa.
  • Sharjah 13th floor - I was at working place and felt slight movement of my table and chair.
  • Doha - Heard some noise from the ceiling, didn't feel floor shaking. I live on the 8th floor.
  • Saar, Bahrain - My mother felt shaking, nobody else did, and after a few seconds glasses of water started shaking and the TV shook slightly.
  • Abu Dhabi - 24th floor of our building, by the swimming pool, felt dizzy and sick. The whole building was moving. In our flat on 20th floor the doors were moving.
  • Doha - West Bay area, 15th floor, standing in one of the building's two cores. Prolonged swaying (around 1-0.5Hz) felt for 20-30 seconds. A number of us though it was a dizzy spell.
  • Doha, qatar - Lasted about 3-4 minutes. We all thought our chairs were broken initially. Staff felt dizzy and nauseated.
  • Bahrain, UmalHassam - Felt our building shake and had to run out with my son for safety.
  • Al Gosaibi Hotel Al Khobar - I was in 4th Floor, working on laptop, I thought my Sugar level went down, Oops! its Quake, this is fifth time in my life,
  • Al-Kohbar, Raka - Al-Khobar(Raka Auto moto) SLFE building evacuated on Tuesday 9th of April due to the earthquake.around 3:00 Pm
  • Dubai - Almost the entire 10th floor office felt it. Lasted a good few seconds. Thought I was just dizzy until I realized everybody in the office felt the same way. Outside, people didn't seem to realize a thing!
  • EMSC Southern Iran Apr 09 11:52 6.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Dubai - Felt light tremors at around 4.05 pm.
  • Sharjah - I felt like blood gushing to my brain.
  • Abudhabi , TCA - Felt mild shaking when I was sitting in my flat in wonder land building at 12th floor.
  • Kuwait City - On the 12th floor, felt a gentle swaying for 30-60 secs. Curtains moving. Multiple times since then too.
  • USGS Southern Iran Apr 09 11:52 6.3 10 MAP



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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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