YEREVAN. – Today, Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian visited Gyumri to commemorate the earthquake victims on the occasion of the 1988 quake anniversary, the official website of the President reports.
At the Surp Astvatsatsin (St. Mary’s) or Yot Verk (Seven Wounds) Cathedral of Gyumri, the President attended a service in memory of these earthquake victims.
Then, President Sarkissian laid a wreath at the monument to the victims of this tremor, and honored them with a minute of silence.
One of the most brutal tragedies in modern Armenian history took place on December 7, 1988. At 11:41am that day, the northern regions of the then Armenian SSR were shaken by a devastating earthquake. More than 25,000 people were killed, tens of thousands were injured, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless.