The Ardekul, Iran earthquake
May 10, 1997

Text and photos

Description of earthquake and the area of impact

Human impact and casualties

Structural damage and engineering concerns

Response of the Iranian government

International aid and foreign response

History of earthquakes and prospects for the future

Plots and analysis of seismic records


Analysis of seismograms from the Ardekul earthquake recorded near New York city

Records from the global seismic network of the event

Analysis of seismograms

Maps of seismicity display all earthquakes of magnitude 4.5 and larger between January 1, 1990 and September 15, 1998.

Regional map

Regional map of middle east without seismicity.

Regional map of middle east with seismicity.

Iran map

Map of Iran of Iran with seismicity.

Map of Iran with seismicity but no topography. postscript version

Northeastern Iran maps

Northeastern Iran - area affected by quake with seismicity and Modified Mercalli intensities contours. The section of the fault which ruptured is drawn in gray.

Northeastern Iran - same as above without topography. postscript version of map

Quick summary of the May 10, 1997 earthquake
epicenter 33.654 North / 59.739 East
location near Ardekul, Iran
Surface wave magnitude Ms=7.3
Moment magnitude Ms=7.1
Casualties 1560 as reported by Iranian government
Wounded 2810 as reported by Iranian government
distance from New York 10485 km (94.3 degrees)
Fault name Korizan fault
Fault type Strike slip with
right lateral motion
Tectonic setting Sistan collision zone on Iran/Afghanistan border
Focal mechanism
as given by the USGS

Last update: May 5, 1999