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Update Monday 25/11 08:49 UTC : The results of the sequence of earthquakes is besides the reported damage also : 52 people injured (treated as outpatient) and 21 injured people still in hospital

Update Sunday 24/11 09:52 UTC : The sequence of 5+ earthquakes (4 5+ earthquakes in the same area) has generated a lot of damage (even collapsed houses) in the border area. The epicenter of the last one was located in the towns of Qasr-e Shirin-e Zahab and Gilangharb.
Schools have been closed and a lot of people have been setting p tents in the garden of their houses out of fear of more earthquakes.
Luckily NO fatalities or seriously injured people so far.

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Update 19:21 UTC : We do not expect any conclusive assessments before tomorrow morning local time (late night now). Assessment in the dark and probably with difficulty to communicate gives even during daylight many hours of delay.

Update 19:21 UTC : considers and area of max. 10 km around the epicenter at risk for serious to moderate damage.

Update 19:00 UTC : The image below gives a MMI VII shaking in the epicenter area. MMI VII is considered as dangerous for damage. The reason why these data are giving a higher shaking intensity is the depth of 14 km. Shallower earthquakes (breaking point closer to the surface) are always more dangerous than deeper earthquakes.

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Update 18:58 UTC : The theoretical damage engine of Max Wyss expects NO fatalities but 0 to 20 injured people. We agree with him but the number may higher if the depth of 46 km (which we do not trust) is more shallow (like the one from this morning).

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Update 18:53 UTC : “The citizens in Sulaimaniyah, Kirkuk, Baghdad and Badra district of Wasit province in addition to Diyala noticed the Earthquake

Update 18:48 UTC : The area had a number of earthquakes earlier today, but the current one will be the most dangerous one. We expect a lot of minor damage in the epicenter area.

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149 km NE of Baghdad, Iraq / pop: 5,672,513 / local time: 21:31:02.0 2013-11-22
103 km NW of Īlām, Iran / pop: 140,940 / local time: 22:01:02.0 2013-11-22
34 km SW of Sarpol-e Z̄ahāb, Iran / pop: 51,611 / local time: 22:01:02.0 2013-11-22

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-11-22 22:00:59

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-11-22 18:30:59

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 18 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 21:08 3.6 8 MAP
GEOFON Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 21:02 4.5 15 MAP
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 21:02 4.5 40 MAP
USGS Mandali, Iraq Nov 22 21:02 4.4 9 MAP
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 20:43 3.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 19:26 3.5 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 19:24 4.1 8 MAP
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 18:48 3.5 12 MAP
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 18:44 4.2 8 MAP
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 18:38 3.5 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 18:36 4.0 10 MAP
USGS Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran Nov 22 18:31 5.6 47 MAP
  • Sanandaj - i felt it like 10 minuts ago i am from snanadaj iran the time was 10:10pm iran time
  • salmiya - eating dinner when i noticed the cabinet shaking,i wanted to go out but had to finish my meal..
  • Baghdad - at 6:45 GMT we have felt a very mild shaking in our house
  • baghdad - Non
  • Bagdad - Léger tremblement de terre
  • Bagdad - Leger tremblement
  • Fintas - Lying in bed and felt the bed sway for about 10 seconds. No known damage.
  • Mahboula - No damage , There was just slight shaking
  • Koweit city - J'ai bougé sur le canapé pendant 2-3 seconde, ensuite c'était trop faible pour le sentir moi même, les plantes ont continué à bouger pendant 1 minute... Immeuble de 6 étages.
  • Baghdad - Bed started shaking while watching TV.
  • Koweit city - Secousse sur le canapé pendant 3 seconde, puis les plantes ont bougé pendant 1 min... Pas de dommage...
  • ilam - i felt it in 22:03 tonight. i am from ilam iran. in this earthquake my Bookcase shaked & bookshelf windows opened
  • baghdad - I saw the roof fan moving and then felt little shaking in my seat
  • baghdad - when i'm using my computer i felt the chair is shaking i think it is a Moderate shaking for about 15 seconds. No any damage.
  • Baghdad - I Felt it in my room with my brother, rest of my family and the neighbors also reported the same thing !!!
  • Mangaf - My chair Was shaking as I was playing a with my mobile. Ran down from 7th floor thru the stairs.
  • Karrada - spilled my cup of vodka and pepsi on my laptop like an angry sheik, but no dammage
  • Hay Hiteen - No damage
  • Aldiwaniya - I feel it while I'm laying in the second floor
  • Ilam - i felt it in ilam iran...most of people felt it ...that was a tremble
  • Baghdad - I felt little shaking in my seat
  • studing at my desk - Extermly Shocked
  • Baghdad - We have no damages ,but I feeing it .
  • Sulaymaniyah - The Lights started shaking and moving, one room's lights fell off the ceiling.
  • khanaqin - the earthquake was weak shaking in khanaqin center
  • USGS Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran Nov 22 18:30 5.6 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 18:30 5.6 51 MAP
    GEOFON Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 18:30 5.7 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 15:23 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 10:09 4.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 06:51 5.6 22 MAP
  • Suleimaniyah - Weak shaking for a few seconds glass rattled in cabinets on 5th floor of building.
  • Kalar - Kurdistan Region - we felt this in our home in kalar city which is near far from sulaimanya state within 2 hours. near the border, our family also felt this in khanaqeen which is near to kalar within 30 min.
  • Fintas, Kuwait - Felt on 8th floor of residential building. Wanted to come down to the street but it did not last much and intensity also had not increased! So, I staid at home.
  • EMSC Iran-iraq Border Region Nov 22 06:51 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran Nov 22 06:51 5.4 10 MAP


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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