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Earthquake in Iraq

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Type of Event:
Earthquake
Location of Event:
Iraq
Date of Charter Activation:
2017-11-12
Time of Charter Activation:
23:41
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+05:30
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN OCHA
Activation ID:
558
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the northern border of Iraq at 18:18 UTC on 12 November.

The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Kermanshah Province of neighbouring Iran, but it was in close proximity to the border and impacted the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

It is estimated that nine people have died in Kurdistan, and the town of Darbandikhan was particularly affected. Hundreds more are reported to be injured.

This is a mostly mountainous region, and rescue operations have been disrupted by landslides.

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 Darbandikhan city and dam, Sulaymaniyah province

Source: Plediades
Acquired: 15/11/2017

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

Damage assessment of health facilities in Darbandikhan city

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 15/11/2017

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