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YEREVAN. - A devastating earthquake occurred 23 years ago on December 7, 1988 at 11.41 a.m. in Armenia. In 30 seconds the quake destroyed almost the whole north part of Armenia, a territory with a population of almost 1 million. In the epicenter Spitak city the force of the tremors reached to 10 points (12 point scale). The tremors even reached Yerevan and Tbilisi.

According to specialists, during the earthquake energy released during the quake was equivalent to the explosion of ten atomic bombs.

According to official data, more than 25 thousand people died, 19 thousand were disabled, and 530 thousand lost their homes.

Spitak city was completely destroyed. Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri (Leninakan) was also partially destroyed.

The entire Soviet Union and the whole world came to help Armenia after the quake.

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