13 November 2017
WASHINGTON, DC — At approximately 11:18 p.m. local time on November 12, 2017, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred on the Iran–Iraq border, just inside Iran, roughly 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the city of Halabja, Iraq. At least 400 people were killed and thousands more injured in the quake, which is believed to be the deadliest earthquake of 2017, according to news agencies. The earthquake triggered landslides in mountainous regions of the Iran-Iraq border and has the potential to generate many more landslides as time goes on, writes Dave Petley on The Landslide Blog, hosted by the American Geophysical Union.
In the wake of this event, several American Geophysical Union experts are available to comment on the science of earthquakes and the potential impacts of this earthquake for the region.
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