11/09/2023

Multiple earthquakes rock Nohadra and Kerkeslokh in Iraq overnight, raising concerns of a worse quake

NOHADRA, Iraq — A series of earthquakes rattled Nohadra (duhok) and Kerkeslokh (Kirkuk) in northern Iraq overnight, with the most powerful registering at 4.7 magnitude on the Richter scale, according to Iraq’s meteorology and seismology organization.

The seismic activity began just after midnight, starting with a 3.1 magnitude earthquake 33 kilometers from Nohadra, near the Iraq-Turkey border. This was quickly followed by a 4.6 magnitude tremor in the same area just six minutes later. In between these two tremors, a 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck Kerkeslokh.

Reports from social media users indicated that the overnight tremors were also felt in Erbil and Mosul. Videos shared online showed people exiting buildings and gathering outside due to concerns about possible aftershocks.

Much of northern Iraq is an active earthquake zone, and this latest seismic activity serves as a stark reminder of the region’s vulnerability. In November 2017, a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake claimed ten lives and injured over 500 others. It caused significant damage to structures, particularly in the areas of Darbandikhan, Halabja, Kalar, and Khanaqin.

According to Iraq’s meteorology and seismology organization’s monthly report for August, a total of 19 earthquakes were recorded in the country, with 12epicenters located in Iraq.

and the Kurdistan Region, while the remaining quakes were aftershocks from neighboring nations.

Experts have consistently cautioned about the susceptibility of buildings in Iraq to severe earthquakes, emphasizing the need for proactive measures to mitigate potential risks.