On this day 35 years ago, a devastating earthquake shook the world of Armenia

  • by Western Armenia, December 07, 2023 in Society

35 years ago, on December 7, 1988, one of the worst tragedies in the modern history of Eastern Armenia took place.

At 11:41 a.m. that day, the northern regions of the SSR of Armenia were shaken by a devastating earthquake, which was named after the epicenter of the Spitak earthquake.

More than 25,000 people lost their lives, tens of thousands were injured, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. The village of Nalband, located immediately in the epicenter, and the nearby town of Spitak were razed to the ground

Leninakan (Gyumri) and Kirovakan (Vanadzor) were the second and third largest cities of the republic. High-rise buildings were almost completely destroyed, and this was one of the reasons for the large number of casualties.

Another reason for the large number of victims was that the devastating earthquake, which exceeded 7 magnitude, lasted for half a minute.

The earthquake was felt in Yerevan and Tbilisi, it was recorded in seismological stations of the world.

Although 35 years have passed, the disaster zone has not yet been fully restored.