2017 Iran-Iraq Earthquake
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
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).
Poster size maps and normal sized paper atlases of custom areas can be printed:
- FieldPapers – Paper 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 ( ). 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.
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
- Many more maps from CartONG that utilize OpenStreetMap on their website
- HOT Coordinator(s) requesting remote mapping assistance for estimated 2 week mapping response (November 13 - Ongoing)
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|
|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)|
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...
- Provide any relevant links here...
About this disaster mapping project
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 infohotosmorg 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.
- 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.
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.
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.