Iran/Iraq: Earthquake - Nov 2017
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran, on [12 October 2017], has so far claimed at least 407 lives and injured over 6,700 others. The epicenter of the quake was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.9 degrees longitude, at the depth of 11km, a shallow depth that can cause tremendous damage, in Ozgoleh region in Kermanshah Province. The huge jolt, which rocked western provinces of Iran and areas in the eastern Iraq, was also felt as far as Persian Gulf states Qatar and Kuwait in the south, the Occupied Palestine in the west, and Turkey in the north of the quake-stricken Iran and Iraq. It caused the biggest damage in Kermanshah, Qasr-e Shirin and Sarpol-e Zahab (about 15km from the Iraqi border) cities. (IRNA, 13 Nov 2017)
The deaths toll of the quake in the western part of Iran on Sunday Nov.12, 2017 remains the same as 436 with 7,817 injured. Sheltering emergency phase has been totally completed in affected cities and villages. So far, 664 aftershocks in Kermanshah have been registered, the biggest of which is 4.7 on the Richter scale. (Iranian Red Crescent, 19 Nov 2017)
As of 10 Dec, the Iranian Red Crescent Society has provided nearly 21,000 health, medical and rehabilitation services to the earthquake victims in the province of Kermanshah. These services, estimated at about 20,997 cases, include patient visits, medical emergencies, pregnancy services to pregnant women, physiotherapy and technical orthopedics. (Iranian Red Crescent, 10 Dec 2017)
On 12 November 2017 at 21:18 local time (18:18 UTC) northeast Iraq experienced an earthquake in the magnitude of approximately 7.2 – 7.5, according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The epicenter of this earthquake is located 32kms from the city of Halabja...There have been six reported fatalities and over 500 people injured in Iraq as a result of the earthquake. According to reports, four fatalities and approximately 80 injuries have occurred in Darbandikhan, including two critical injuries. Initial reports suggest the Darbandikhan area has been most severely impacted...The Mosul Dam is reportedly undamaged. However, the Darbandikhan Dam, a multi-purpose embankment on the Diyala river, is being assessed for damage today by the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), as local sources report that the dam was impacted by the landslides that that pushed heavy rocks and rubble onto the dam’s spillway. (OCHA, 13 Nov 2017)
According to national authorities, close to 10,000 people were injured, including 550 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), as a result of the earthquake. In KRI, all critical cases were referred to Sulaymaniyah hospital, which is functioning. Humanitarian partners immediately sent medical staff, material, tents, and ambulances to support local capacity onsite. A joint damage and needs assessment mission was conducted by humanitarian partners including UNHCR on the day after in order to inform provision of assistance to the most vulnerable families in Sulaymaniyah. The KRG reports that the situation is now stable. The government is providing food, shelter and medical assistance, with the support of humanitarian actors. Approximately 1,840,000 people live with within 100 kilometres of the epicentre in both Iraq and Iran. (UNHCR, 20 Nov 2017)
In Iraq, a total of 108 school buildings were damaged, six of them badly. UNICEF will deliver 52 temporary learning spaces to affected communities to support continuation of education for over 3,800 students while more comprehensive repairs commence. Immediate WASH needs in affected areas are being met by the government, with UNICEF and WASH partners on standby. (UNICEF, 30 Nov 2017)
On Sunday 12 November 2017 at 18:18 UTC time, a M7.3 earthquake hit the northern Iran-Iraq border area at a depth of ~20km. The epicenter is located between the Iranian Kermanshah Province and the Iraqi Governorate of Sulaymaniyah, at 220 km northeast from Baghdad, Iraq, and at 620 km west from Tehran, Iran. According to media reports as of 13 November 2017, 335 casualties have been reported and 2,530 people have been estimated injured.
NOV. 13 — Relief International teams have begun responding to the devastating earthquake that destroyed homes and lives in Iran and Iraq Sunday night.
7.3 magnitude and 19 km deep earthquake occurred at a distance of 32 km south-west of the Iraqi city of Aleppo, at a point near the Iraqi / Iranian border, at 21:19 Turkey time.
The earthquake was felt at Syria, Kuwait, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates, as well as in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia. According to the initial reports of the earthquake that 7 people lost their lives in Iraq and about 50 people were injured. In Iran, according to official news agency IRNA, 341 casualties and about 5,953 injuries were reported.
Tehran, Nov 13, IRNA – Managing Director of Water Resources Management Company Mohammad Hajj Rasouliha said on Monday that upon primary inspections there is no problem for 21 dams located within range of 125 kilometers from the earthquake center.
Hajj Rasouliha, who is in west of Iran to consider situations of dams and installations in quake-stricken area told IRNA over phone that considering the magnitude of the tremor, according to the international standards all structures and installations within the reach of 125 kilometers from quake center must be controlled and inspected.
Los Angeles/London - International Medical Corps has deployed a mobile medical team to Sulaymaniyah, Iraq after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck along the Iran-Iraq border on November 12. The medical team is comprised of personnel experienced in emergency medicine and includes one doctor, two nurses, and one pharmacist.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit western part of Iran along the border with Iraq on Sunday Nov.12, 2017 at 21:48 pm local time, killing at least 328 people and injuring more than 3950 up to now.
According to the official reports, Power is cut off in the cities of Qasre-Shirin, Gilane-Garb, Kermanshah, Sare-Pule-Zahab in Kermanshah and houses in some western Iranian villages have been severely damaged to various degrees. The quake also shook the Iranian provinces of Kordestan, Ilam, Khuzestan, Markazi, West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Lorestan, Qazvin, Zanjan, Qom and Tehran.
7.3 magnitute and 19 km deep earthquake occurred at a distance of 32 km south-west of the Iraqi city of Aleppo, at a point near the Iraqi / Iranian border, at 21:19 Turkey time.
The earthquake was felt at Syria, Kuwait, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates, as well as in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia. According to the first reports of the earthquake that 7 people lost their lives in Iraq and about 50 people were injured. In Iran, according to official news agency IRNA, 341 lives and about 5,953 people were injured.
Earthquake in Iran and Iraq: Red Crescent teams providing rescue and first aid as picture of devastation continues to emerge
Red Crescent volunteers in northern Iraq and Iran are providing urgent search and rescue and first aid to victims of the devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the region yesterday evening at 21:18 local time. According to Iran Red Crescent at least 328 people have been killed and 3950 injured. In Iraq, the Iraqi Red Crescent report that 9 people have been killed and more than 425 injured.
On 12 November at 18.18 UTC, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck in Halabja in Iraq, next to the Iranian border. This was followed by a series of small after-shocks ranging between 4 and 4.6 Richter. The major humanitarian consequences appear to be concentrated in Iran, in Sarpol Zahab city and surrounding areas of Kermanshah province, with media reporting more than 300 people dead and more than 6 000 people injured. The quake was also felt in other countries such as Turkey, Kuwait, Armenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
(Baghdad, 13 November 2017): An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale struck last night approximately 32kms from the city of Halabja, Iraq. The earthquake was felt across Iraq, including in the cities of Baghdad, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk and Basra.
“There have been reports of six fatalities and upward of 500 casualties,” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and we extend our sincerest condolences to all of the people impacted by this tragedy.”
On 12 November 2017 at 21:18 local time (18:18 UTC) northwest Iraq experienced an earthquake in the magnitude of approximately 7.2 – 7.5, according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The epicenter of this earthquake is located 32kms from the city of Halabja. According to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), approximately 1,840,000 people live with within 100km of the epicenter of this earthquake in both Iraq and Iran.
Tehran, Nov 13, IRNA – The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran, on Sunday night, has so far claimed at least 407 lives and injured over 6,700 others.
The epicenter of the quake was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.9 degrees longitude, at the depth of 11km, a shallow depth that can cause tremendous damage, in Ozgoleh region in Kermanshah Province.
At 21:18 local time (18:18 UTC) northwest Iraq/northern Iran experienced an earthquake in the magnitude of approximately 7.2 – 7.5, according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The epicenter of this earthquake is located 32kms from the city of Halabja. The earthquake was felt across Iraq, including in the cities of Baghdad, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk and Basra.
Expected humanitarian impact:
Tehran, Nov 13, IRNA – The 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah Province, western Iran has so far claimed the lives of 164 people and injured 1,568 ones, deputy health minister said.
'The death toll and casualties are increasing,' Qasem Jan Babaie told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
The quake occurred on Sunday at 21:5 local time (17:35 GMT) and its epicenter was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.81 degrees longitude, 11km deep in the ground in Ozgoleh region in Kermanshah Province.
The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and damage following the earthquake that struck the border region of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq on Sunday evening.
He conveys his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.
The Secretary-General commends the local response efforts underway. The United Nations stands ready to assist if required.
November 12, 2017 20:28 GMT
At least six people have been killed and many injured in the western Iranian town of Qasr-e Shirin from an earthquake that struck near the Iran-Iraq border, Iranian state television reports.
At least four dead were also reported in Iraq's Kurdistan region.
The earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck northern Iraq on November 12, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
It initially said the quake was of a magnitude 7.2, before revising it to 7.3.
Tehran, Nov 12, IRNA – At least two people were killed and many more wounded by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah Province, western Iran, said governor of Qasr-e Shirin city late on Sunday.
Faramarz Akbari further noted that estimating damages is impossible due to the massive power cut.
The panic-stricken people rushed to the streets in the quake-hit areas, the official added, noting that even mobile phones are disrupted.
Certain residential units have sustained cracks and a number of houses have collapsed, he said.