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Updated: Tremors in Musandam from an earthquake in Iran


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Muscat: Tremors were felt in Musandam in this morning from a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Iran.

Speaking to Times of Oman on Tuesday, Dr Issa al Hussain, director, Earthquake Monitoring Centre, Sultan Qaboos University, confirmed the epicentre was 60km east Qeshm an island in southern Iran, about 72 Km away from Khasab. "People in Musandam governorate felt the earthquake," he said. There are, however, no reports of damage.

There are reports of buildings across the Musandam governorate being evacuated as a safety measure.

The last time tremors from an earthquake were felt in the Oman was in April 2013, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook a southern Iranian city on Tuesday, US seismologists said, with the tremor felt as far away as Dubai but no immediate reports of casualties.The quake struck at around 10 am (0430 GMT) and was centred 66 kilometres (41 miles) south of Qeshm by the Strait of Hormuz, the US Geological Survey said.

The last time tremors from an earthquake were felt in Oman was in April 2013, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake had hit southwestern Pakistan.

The seismologists in the United States confirmed that a 5.1 magnitude earthquake had hit the southern Iranian city on Tuesday.

No casualties
The tremors were felt as far away as Dubai but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

The earthquake had struck at around 10am (0430 GMT) and was centred 66 kilometres (41 miles) south of Qeshm in the Strait of Hormuz, the US Geological Survey said.

Iran stands on several seismic fault lines.

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