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Partial evacuation of Kuwait homes after tremor damage suspected

Kuwait Fire Services Directorate evacuated a part of a building in Sabah Al-Salem that is believed to have been affected by the Iraq-Iran border earthquake on 12 November

A building Kuwait was partially evacuated [representational image].
A building Kuwait was partially evacuated [representational image].

A building in Kuwait was partially evacuated after it was suspected to have developed a crack following an earthquake that jolted the Iraq-Iran border on Sunday, 12 November, 2017. 

Tremors from the earthquake, with a magnitude of more than 7, were felt in the UAE and Kuwait. 

READ: Water pipe explosion causes evacuation in Kuwait building

Some occupants of an apartment building in Kuwait's Sabah Al-Salem district were evacuated by Kuwait Fire Services Directorate (KFSD) on Monday.

KFSD carried out the operation at dawn, after the crack was noticed along "one side of the building". 

Evacuation works were only carried out for occupants residing in the cracked part of the building. 

Kuwait's state news agency, KUNA, said the crack may "have been caused by [Sunday's] tremors", which resulted from the magnitude "7.5 earthquake that jolted Iraqi-Iranian border areas". 

The quake caused tremors of "four- to five-degree tremors in Kuwait", KUNA added.

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