Minimize Latest Activation

Earthquake in Iran

Monday, 13 November 2017

Type of Event:
Earthquake
Location of Event:
Iran
Date of Charter Activation:
2017-11-13
Time of Charter Activation:
00:05
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+05:30
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN OCHA
Activation ID:
559
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermanshah Province of Iran at 18:18 UTC on 12 November.

Almost 400 people have been killed and thousands more are reported to be injured.

Reports indicate that the town of Sarpol-e Zahab suffered most of the damage and estimates suggest that as many as 70,000 people may require aid.

This is a mountainous region of the country and rescue operations have been disrupted by landslides. Authorities have urged residents to stay away from buildings in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, as many buildings in the region were not constructed to withstand seismic activity of this scale.

7.3 is on the higher end of the Richter scale, and indicates an earthquake that can cause major damage. According to USGS, the earthquake was shallow at a depth of approximately 25 km.

Damage assessment in Sarpol-e-Zahab, Kermanshah

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-3
Acquired: WorldView-3: 24/07/2017
Pleiades: 16/11/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

East-West coseismic surface displacement Map, Kermanshah

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: Sentinel-1A: 11/11/2017 and 12/11/2017
Sentinel-1B: 17/11/2017 and 18/11/2017

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)
Map produced by Iranian Space Agency

Vertical coseismic surface displacement Map, Kermanshah

Source: Sentinel-1
Acquired: Sentinel-1A: 11/11/2017 and 12/11/2017
Sentinel-1B: 17/11/2017 and 18/11/2017

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017)
Map produced by Iranian Space Agency

Potentially damaged structures in Ghara Belagh Azam Area, in Sarpol-e-Zahab, Kermanshah

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 17/11/2017
WorldView-3: 24/07/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-3 © Digitalglobe (2017) - All rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Assessment of shelters in Sarpol-e-Zahab, Kermanshah

Source: Pleiades / Resurs-P
Acquired: Resurs-P: 14/11/2017
Pleiades: 16/11/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Resurs-P © ROSCOSMOS (2017) - All rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Qasr-e-Shirin, Kermanshah

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 15/11/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by Iranian Space Agency

Preliminary damage map, Sarpol-e-Zahab, Kermanshah

Source: Resurs-P
Acquired: 14/11/2017

Copyright: Resurs-P © ROSCOSMOS (2017) - All rights reserved
Map produced by Iranian Space Agency