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Earthquake rattles Oman, no major damage reported


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Muscat: Aftershocks of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Iran near the border with Pakistan were felt in northern parts of Oman also.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles). The epicenter was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert. It was located 201 km (125 miles) southeast of the Iranian city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, USGS said.

Residents in Muscat, Sohar, Ibri and Musandam felt the tremor.

"First, we couldn't realise that it was earthquake. Later on we ran out of the building," Omar from Sohar said.

"I was sleeping, I suddenly felt that somebody shook my bed," Hussain from Ruwi said.

Meanwhile, a navy official at the Sultanate's Musandam Naval Base, which is close to Iran, said that they felt the tremor but it was a minor one.

"There is no damage," he said.

Officials at airports in Muscat and Salalah said that there is no damage.

Meanwhile, tall buildings shook in India's capital New Delhi, sending people running into the streets, witnesses said. People also evacuated shaking buildings in Qatar and Dubai, residents said.

An Iranian government official said on Tuesday he expected hundreds of deaths from a major earthquake that struck Iran near the border with Pakistan.

"It was the biggest earthquake in Iran in 40 years and we are expecting hundreds of dead," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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It was like when you heard a big noise of multiple auto accidents around Al - Khoud in the afternoon of Tuesday, 16.04.2013




Thanks to Allah Subhana Tallah who kept us safe.




i am in ruwi,oman.that time i am watching tv i found my lcd was shaking




IT WAS HORRIBLE MOMENT. MAY LORD BLESS THIS WORLD. AMEN




we didnt feel the tremor as we were driving back from kids school...saw many people standing outside their buildings nervously ..on the way. rest in peace those who perished today in iran due to this natures fury ... god save us all ....thank god........




It was my first experience and let Allah save us from all the disaster......




Yes we felt in wadikabir hill view tower abt 45 seconds door was rattling.




felt the quake.....




I WAKE UP AND SAW BED SHAKING, I THOUGHT IAM IN DREAMING, SUDDENLY REALISE AND STAND UP.




yes, tremors felt in jalan at 2.50 pm, for a few seconds
thank god, evrything looks intact..





Initially I thought it was the vibration due to the JCB working near our building, but realised this is quake and not vibration. A small tremor...thank god.




I was in my office at Azaiba (2nd floor ) at this time. I felt a very minor vibration for 2 seconds.




I am at Sur. Here I felt earth quake while i was lying in the bed. That time my bed shook for 1 minute....




i am also felt that one..@ Ibri




My colleague reported that GUtech campus in Halban was evacuated: http://www.paleoseismicity.org/blog/2013/04/16/shallow-m7-8-earthquake-hits-e-iran-felt-all-across-middle-east/


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