Iran-Iraq Earthquake

November 14th, 2017

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On November 12th, 2017, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the Iran-Iraq border in northwest Iran. More than 450 people have been killed, with thousands more reported injured. Early reports indicate the town of Sarpol-e Zahab suffered severe damage, with surrounding areas in the mountainous region isolated by landslides.

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Planet Explorer, our online imagery browser. We provide limited access to Explorer for up to 30 days to qualified disaster volunteer organizations, humanitarian organizations, and other coordinating bodies. Explorer is continuously updated with our most recent imagery (please see map below for exact region available). To gain access to Planet's Explorer, please email In your email, please provide your name, the name of your organization, and the purpose for which you wish to use the imagery. Direct Download: We make a small but growing number of additional analytical imagery products available via direct download. Anyone may download these files, which are provided "as-is", below.

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Direct Download Links:

11/14/17 - Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran - RGB (909 MB) - 0.9-meter imagery of post-earthquake Sarpol-e, Zahab, Iran, comprised of RGB (visual) bands.

High resolution SkySat imagery of the largely affected region of Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran. View more imagery in Planet Explorer by applying to (see above for details).