It occurred in the early hours of this morning…

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded on the Richter scale in Iran on Saturday morning, and UAE residents reported feeling the tremors.

According to the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), minor tremors were felt by residents in the Northern Emirates, although no damage was done.

The earthquake struck southern Iran at 1.30am on Saturday morning. This map shows where the tremors were reported to be felt:

Residents took to Twitter to report the tremors in the UAE:

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Does Dubai ever get earthquakes?

Thankfully, Dubai does not lie on a fault line, which means the risk of an earthquake is extremely low – but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience wobbles from time to time.

Because of Iran’s proximity to the UAE, when it is hit by a big quake, Dubai typically experiences mild to moderate tremors(so do the northern emirates, of course, but because of Dubai’s high-rises, they tend to be felt more strongly here).

So yes, earthquakes in Dubai are not something you need to worry about – but you can file this under ‘good to know’. For more information on what to do during an earthquake, visit the NCMS website.