2017 Iran-Iraq Earthquake

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Map showing the Humanitarian Map Style

2017 Iran-Iraq Earthquake

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.

For aid organizations

Map and data services

About OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap offers an online map (and spatial database) which is updated by the minute. Various tools and services allow data extracts for GIS specialists, Routable Garmin GPS data, Smartphone GPS navigation, and other device-compatible downloads. With an internet connection, regular syncing is possible with open access to the community contributed data as it comes in, with OpenStreetMap's bulk data downloads ideal for use offline. In addition, maps can also be printed to paper.

Browse the Activation Area to get a feel for the data that is currently available. Different map styles including an Humanitarian style can be selected on the right side, and some data may not render (appear) on the map, but could be exported from the underlying database (See export section below).

Paper maps

Poster size maps and normal sized paper atlases of custom areas can be printed:

  • FieldPapersPaper maps with grid for field survey or general navigation purposes,

Exporting OpenStreetMap data

Anyone can use OSM data for free under the Open Database Licence (ODbL) as long as OSM contributors are credited.

Exports of the OSM data for affected areas can be downloaded from the OSM Export Tool, and the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform (Twitter user@humdata). Datasets are being published through the Export Tool as mapping projects are being completed on the Tasking Manager. Please check back frequently for new datasets listed in the table below.

See Downloading data for instructions on getting large scale map data. See Shapefiles if you need this format to export to GIS tools.

Offline road navigation with small devices

With the availibility of small communication devices, Navigation Offline data proves to be very useful to the humanitarians deployed in foreign countries. We support the humanitarian NGO's using navigation data and invite them to give us feedback on the utilization of these devices in the context of field deployment.

Usage of OSM data for humanitarian missions

  • CartONG
    • Many more maps from CartONG that utilize OpenStreetMap on their website

For mappers

  • Thank you! We have mapped the area of concern.

How You Can Contribute

Learn to map

  • Most of our volunteer needs are for remote OSM contributors, visit LearnOSM.org to get started.


  • Please choose from highest priority first.
  • Generic instructions on how to use the Tasking Manager and map roads, buildings and waterways can be found here.
  • For experienced mappers, information on validating the tasks can be found here.


Project No. Priority Location What to map Imagery source Mapping status Validation status Exported datasets
Active projects
Complete/archived projects
Project 3882 Done Sarpol Zahab Outskirts Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%) Download OSM data (2017-11-26)
Project 3846 Done Marivan, Iran Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%) Download OSM data (2017-11-21)
Project 3845 Done Halabja, Iraq Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%) Download OSM data (2017-11-17)
Project 3852 Done Sarpol Zahab Iran - Imagery update Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%) Download OSM data (2017-11-17)
Project 3848 Done Darbandikhan, Iraq Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%) Download OSM data (2017-11-16)
Project 3837 Done Ghasre-e-Shirin, Iran Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%) Download OSM data (2017-11-16)
Project 3833 Done Sarpol Zahab, Iran Buildings Bing Complete (100%) Complete (100%) Download OSM data (2017-11-17)

Available Imagery

OSM default imagery sources

For much of the impacted area of the floods, Bing was used as the default imagery.

  • Bing provides a global imagery data source that is the 'default' Imagery available for OSM (default option in most editors). All other default sources are either equivalent or older than Bing in the area of interest; please use Bing in these projects unless specified otherwise in the instructions.

Other projects in the area of interest

Edit-a-thon (Mapathon) events

  • Add your event here...

Local projects

Other links

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About this disaster mapping project

About HOT

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To learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), explore more of our wiki-pages (portal: HOT) or our website hotosm.org. We are a global community of mostly volunteers, we are also a US nonprofit organization, able to contract with other organizations (email info, “ат”hotosm“ԁοт”org to contact our staff), we are also a US 501-c-3 charitable organization.

History of this disaster mapping response

Reactivity of the OSM Community

  • November 12th - HOT Activators become aware of the earthquake and perform a size-up; although initial reports suggested moderate causalities and economic loss; lack of buildings in OSM is identified and initial plan is to consider adding the impacted area to the Missing Maps effort.

HOT activates

  • November 13th - HOT receives a request from UNOSAT to provide building footprints in the area impacted by the earthquake. After discussion HOT Activation Leads Blake Girardot and Russell Deffner decide to Activate HOT resources in order to fulfill the UNOSAT request.

Tools, adaptation and services

The various OSM developers communicate over internet through various communication channels. In 2013 they implemented the new Humanitarian Map Style, a map more adapted to humanitarian actions. This map, hosted by OpenStreetMap - France, is integrated in various online map tools.

The Tasking Manager and the JOSM editor are essential parts of this activation. As new imagery are available, new jobs are added to the Tasking Manager. It has allowed HOT to coordinate efforts of mappers around the world. Some days there were more then 200 simultaneous mappers registered on the Tasking Manager and editing mainly with the JOSM editor. Online editors are also used for less intensive mapping. LearnOSM offers learning material for beginners and more advanced mappers.


The activation team is being led by:

You may also chat with HOT on Slack: discussions are archived and don't require a permanent connection.

Media coverage

Emergencies such as this put a tremendous strain on OSM resources, particularly our servers and software. Your donations help keep OSM's systems operating in top form.

Donate to the OpenStreetMap Foundation.

HOT also need your donations, to help funding humanitarian mapping projects and development/maintenance of systems such as the Tasking Manager and Export Tool.

Donate to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.