Tremors create panic in EP, Riyadh

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Updated 20 April 2013

Tremors create panic in EP, Riyadh


Thousands of people ran from their homes and offices in the Eastern Province yesterday after tremors were felt from a massive earthquake in Iran.
There were reports of tremors in Dammam, Alkhobar and other parts of the Eastern Province. Tremors were also felt in other Gulf states and as far as India. At least one building in Riyadh was evacuated yesterday when office workers felt the building shake.
No injuries were reported in the Eastern Province or Riyadh by the Civil Defense.
Jamal Khan, an IT expert at Saudi Research and Publishing Company (SRPC) in Dammam, said: “I felt the building shake. I just wanted to find a way to escape.” 
Shajahan, an expatriate living in Dammam, said: “I felt the building shake and was shocked and afraid. When I got outside, I saw other people had also left their buildings.” 
Muhammad Yahya, a citizen, said: “This earthquake was stronger than the one last week.”
Dr. Zuhair Nawab, president of the Saudi Geological Survey, told Arab News yesterday that the Eastern Province and Riyadh felt the earthquake at noon yesterday. “The earthquake in Iran occurred in the south-east of Iran, which is 1,300 km away from the Saudi border,” he said. He said there was no cause for alarm because the Kingdom was far from the earthquake's epicenter.
The Almezan Tower in Olaya Street in Riyadh was evacuated yesterday as a precautionary measure. However, Nawab said the evacuation was not ordered by the Civil Defense, but by the owners and occupants of the complex. 
Suber Syed, who works as a regional product manager at one of the offices at Almezan Tower, said: “I was in a meeting with my team around 2 p.m. when suddenly we felt the table shaking. My other colleagues in the office shouted out in surprise and panic and we all headed toward the corridor. The whole building was being evacuated. The lifts were shut down and we had to take the stairs down from the sixth floor.”
Hemant Pandya, a systems engineer, who also works in the same tower, said: “We felt as if our building was swinging. I first felt our table moving, then my chair swinging. I saw that my colleagues were experiencing the same thing, so we rushed out of the building.”
According to reports, the US Geological Survey said the earthquake hit at a depth of 15.2 km.
On April 9, a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station, killing 37 people, injuring 850 and devastating two villages. This one was not close to a nuclear facility.
Meanwhile, there were reports of 34 people being killed in Pakistan, with hundreds of houses flattened.
Iran sits on major geological faultlines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes, including a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in 2003 that flattened the city of Bam, in the country’s far southeast, killing more than 25,000 people.




UAE, Saudi Council of Scholars commend Saudi Arabia’ decrees on Khashoggi case

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UAE, Saudi Council of Scholars commend Saudi Arabia’ decrees on Khashoggi case

DUBAI: The UAE on Saturday backed Saudi Arabia’s statement about the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the official news agency WAM said.

The Gulf Arab state “commends directives and decisions of Saudi King Salman on the issue of Kashoggi,” WAM said on Twitter.

The announcement also said that Saudi Arabia and its leadership is a state of institutions based on justice and equity.

Saudi Council of Senior Scholars

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king’s decisions on the death of Jamal Khashoggi “achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law”, according to a statement on state news agency SPA.

Saudi Arabia has admitted that Khashoggi, a prominent journalist, died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate and dismissed five officials over the incident.


Egypt praised what it called the "decisive" and "brave" actions taken by King Salman in the investigation into the death of Khashoggi.
"Egypt sees that the brave and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi King over this matter align with his majesty's approach that respects the principles of law and applications of effective justice," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It also offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the investigation would reveal the truth. 


Bahrain commended King Salman's decisions for justice, fairness and truth, saying that Saudi Arabia will remain a state of justice, values ​​and principles.