What Earthquake?

Post by Mark

Am I the only one in Kuwait who didn’t feel the earthquake. A short while ago my phone and twitter blew up asking me if I had felt the earthquake. I didn’t! I was shopping with a friend at Wholesome Foods when the earthquake hit and neither me nor my friend felt anything. So weird, I feel like I’ve totally missed out!

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    You did it was really strong and scary.

  2. Sabah says:

    Felt it real bad here in Salwa!

  3. Sue says:

    Felt badly in Abu fatira. First my bed was shaking and then moving slowly like a boat. Enough to make my head spin and dizzy..scary shit..

  4. Ali says:

    I was in Shaheed Park and didn’t feel a thing!

  5. Graham says:

    Building was swaying for over 10 seconds in Saba Al Salem

  6. Syed says:

    Felt really strong in salmiya, scary. People are all on the road.

  7. Q8since says:

    Perhaps View Mall is earthquake proof? Lots of friends in Salmiya near view mall felt so strong. I was in Salaam and felt it so strong too

    • momo says:

      When a building is earthquake proof, it would withstand the quake and won’t collapse.. you would still feel it no matter what.


    Hi Mark. Yup I felt it here in Salmiya too for about 30 seconds..wasn’t that bad..something like a rocking motion you’d feel in a train. Weird thing though is that most people in Mahboula felt it although epicentre was at Iran Iraq border

  9. Sam says:

    Yeah, had to come down from the 11th floor. Took the elevator though.

  10. Ruth says:

    I feel you, Mark. Didn’t feel a thing but everybody else around me did and I feel like I missed out.

  11. LuLu says:

    Literally exact same post

  12. cajie says:

    This is the first time I have really experienced an earthquake in Kuwait. I was confused the first 5 seconds, but then realized it was an earthquake. Evacuated everyone from the house.

    • Lynn says:

      I also felt little 10 second earthquake while I was watching from couch this is first time I ever felt
      I was so nervous and scared for the first in my life
      Hopefully we will be in safe and also i willl pray for us and other countries will be safe from earthquake

  13. Lindsey says:

    Just moved here from Alaska where we get 100s of earthquakes a year and I got to say this was a big one!! Had no idea I’d be feeling them here!! Crazy!!

    • Mathews says:

      Hi Lindsey, could you tell me how was Alaska like.Its really a magical place there aint it. Must have been awesome there ….

  14. Uwe says:

    In Jabriah at Groundfloor and in the Basement Studio an intense shake! Our Dog and the Cats were very nervous. I had one quake some years back, in Salmiya, sitting on the Balcony!

  15. xyz says:

    Will there be aftershocks ? Should one be worried or packed up? Been trying to look for any news on the subject but nothing.

  16. Quintin says:

    felt it real bad in salwa! book shelf fell over. glasses, etc

  17. Burhan says:

    I think people along the coast felt it the most. In Salwa we had some serious swaying for a good 5 minutes; even the windows shook which never happens here.

    Its slowly showing up in the news now.

    Stick to official sources like the USGS ( https://earthquake.usgs.gov ); and a news aggregator like ( https://news.google.com )

  18. Anon says:

    I was at M&S Salmiya and didn’t feel a thing!

  19. Ipsom says:

    The earthquake magnitude should be stable throughout most of the country especially the inhabited areas, so I everyone pretty much had the same magnitude. What causes how intense you feel it is the stability, or rather instability, of the building you are in.

  20. Ali says:

    Hi. I live in Mangaf and I felt the earthquake… I was sitting on my couch watching stranger things and felt the couch shaking..

  21. Ali says:

    We were watching Fargo on Netflix in Fintas and the sofa on which we were sitting started shaking. I thought, wow, now they’re showing TV series with 4DX!

  22. Kuwait says:

    Running down to the street LOL. Kuwait is not considered to be an earthquake zone, and you’ll never ever feel anything more than tremors from far away earthquake zones.

    So stop being drama queens.

  23. James A says:

    The first thing that came into my mind when the earthquake started was that most of the buildings were not designed for seismic loads. A lot of things were also running in my mind, like, how could there be such a strong and long earthquake in kuwait? How could I study the earthquake more? If this building collapses, which way would be the best way to get out?

  24. Reena says:

    I too didn’t feel the tremor. I missed the experience

  25. Thebes says:

    I was in Surra and I felt it. But my own dad didn’t, which was weird.

  26. Vimal Jacob says:

    “He revealed that earthquakes occur in Kuwait on a weekly basis but their magnitude is less than 3 on the Richter Scale, which is why nobody feels them, stating that repeated small earthquakes is an indication of the likelihood of a huge earthquake in the future.”


  27. Arabtica says:

    Crazy! I’m in Costa Rica and felt one of the strongest ones here since 2009 and was thinking about how this was never something to worry about growing up in Kuwait.

    • Dean says:

      Similarly I’m in New Zealand and we have 100’s of earthquakes a year. No drama, we evacuate and go about our daily lives, if it’s safe to do so.

  28. Halyoosha says:

    It wasn’t an earthquake, it was a 5-second tremor that radiated from Iran/Iraq where the actualy earthquake happened.

    • Patrick says:

      It lasted longer than 5 seconds though…

    • Crumble says:

      It was a 7.3 magnitude earthquake (not tremor) that lasted 18 seconds.

      Earthquake vs Tremor:

      Earthquakes are the vibrations caused by rocks breaking under stress against an underground surface called a fault plane while a tremor is an involuntary movement of earth surface caused by stress in the underground rocks.

  29. Salah says:

    I was walking in Boulevard Salmiya, and I only knew about it after someone called me to let me know. Maybe open spaces was the reason? Were you indoors Mark?

  30. Abhijit says:

    You terribly missed it!

  31. James says:

    I was walking on the seaside near Marina Crescent and felt nothing and neither did anyone around me (lots of people out last night).

    • Ghig says:

      Mark said “So weird, I feel like I’ve totally missed out!”

      I find that somewhat flippant as people died from this earthquake. Yes the tremors or shockwaves felt in Kuwait are from the same incident.

  32. Buzz says:

    It wasn’t an earthquake, it was seismic shock waves felt from the epicenter about 600 miles north of us in Iran. If it was a real earthquake, many of us would be toast by now. I felt it and it was like a train passing by our house or a very powerful subwoofer giving three slow “Hums”. It lasted about 20-30 seconds.

    • Buzz says:

      I also want to add, if you didn’t feel it, chances are you were in a public space (Malls..etc.) where there is a lot of ambient noise. What we experienced was mainly low frequency sound reverberating underground.

    • Crumble says:

      Stop repeating things you hear and read. It was an earthquake, there is no debate about this. True it was far away, and we felt it weakly, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an earthquake.

      What the weather man was trying to say, and he said it badly was: Kuwait didn’t get hit by an earthquake, we just felt it from a distance. He also tried to say it was a tremor not an earthquake, which again is wrong. It was an earthquake, and a damn big one, and we did feel the seismic waves from 600km away.

      • Buzz says:

        There was a earthquake and a damn big one…IN IRAN! What we experienced here in Kuwait was seismic shock waves, basically vibrations of sound underground. There’s a huge difference between the two. The earth didn’t move here, you simply heard the earth moving in Iran. What happened there was a terrible natural disaster, but I am explaining what people experienced here not there.

    • Hamad says:

      Just to clear things up, an earthquake IS basically what you’re referring to as seismic shock waves/seismic waves activity due to the moving plates of the earth. What we experienced is most likely called an “aftershock” type of earthquake. I honestly don’t know where you came up with that earthquakes are something entirely different than a “seismic shock waves” – a term I don’t get how you stumbled upon.

  33. sulthan says:

    I was sleeping i didnt even feel it in Riqqah but it was there. i thank almighty
    ti save me from this.

  34. Lily says:

    Late reply, cant resist commenting though. xD I so agree with you here and I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t feel a thing during this. There was too much unnecessary drama over the so called “earthquake” in Kuwait. I had to remind people about the difference between an earthquake and a tremor.

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