2017 Iran–Iraq earthquake

On 12 November 2017, an earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.3 occurred on the Iran–Iraq border, just inside Iran, in Kermanshah Province. With at least 530 people killed and more than 8,100 injured, as well as many more unaccounted for, it is currently the deadliest earthquake of 2017. In this post, we keep you posted about what our community activities regarding help children in Kermanshah Province. 

Location and History


Nov 12, 2017, Kermanshah Province was the the strongest earthquake recorded in the region since 1967, which was part of a series of strong earthquakes along the plate boundary in the 1950s and 1960s.

Qazvin Province in September 1962 [ref: Time Magazine]

Kermanshah Province in November 2017

The earthquake was located within the area where Arabian and Eurasian Plates continents collide (Zagros Mountains). At this location the relative convergence of the plates is about 26 mm (1.024 inches) per year.

[Ref: Google Map, Nov 28, 2017] 

The earthquake occurred near the Iran–Iraq border, approximately 220 kilometers (140 mi) northeast of Baghdad. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake measured 7.3 on the moment magnitude scale. The epicentre was at a depth of 19.0 kilometers (11.8 miles).

The earthquake was felt throughout the Middle East and as far away as Israel, the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey. The Iranian seismological center registered at least 50 aftershocks within a few hours of the earthquake.

The town’s main hospital was severely damaged, leaving it struggling to treat hundreds of wounded, state TV reported. Teams are looking for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. In some cities running water and electricity are cut off. Many are forced outdoors in the cold weather as buildings continue to collapse. One aid agency is putting the estimate of those needing shelter at 70,000.

The newly constructed wing of the Imam Khomeini hospital in Eslamabad, Iran, partly crumpled during Sunday’s earthquake. The original building, 40 years old, was relatively unscathed. 


Our community activities

Our goal is focused on delivering donations to children through temporary schools.

Child Foundation

“Since child foundation inception in 1994 in Portland, OR, this NGO has provided basic necessities to children living in poverty or hardship enhancing the quality of the life for these children as well as their respective families. By providing access to education, Child Foundation hopes to eliminate children prematurely leaving school, and, in certain countries, early matrimony.”

Child Foundation has set up an emergency fund to help those who are affected by this earthquake through our local office in Kermanshah Province.

Although Child Foundation has delivered some emergency goods to the affected area, our main goal is the education of children. In Sare-Pole-Zahav, 50 schools and 420 classrooms had been destroyed and the rest of the schools are in need of major repairs.

To send children back to school as soon as possible, Child Foundation is teaming up with donors all over the world to purchase conex containers and converts them to portable schools as a temporary places for kids to study.

First sets of these units has made its way to Kermanshah Province. Each unit cost $5,000 and individuals or organizations that sponsor an entire unit will have their names printed on it and receive an official certificate with the location of their unit.

You can send your donation to us through our GofundMe.com page with a goal of $3,000.

ECC and Iranian Students Association, Oregon State University
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