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Armenian Earthquake Memorial at the Red Cross Bldg in Washington, D.C.

This is just one of several sights at the Red Cross building. Click here to see more.

The Spitak Earthquake also called Leninakan Earthquake was a tremor with a moment magnitude of 7.2, that took place on December 7, 1988 in the Spitak region of Armenia, then part of the Soviet Union. The entire city of Spitak was destroyed, and there was partial damage to the nearby cities of Leninakan (now known as Gyumri) and Kirovakan (today Vanadzor). Since most of the hospitals in the area were destroyed, and due to freezing winter temperatures, officials at all levels were not ready for a disaster of this scale and the relief effort was therefore not launched properly. The Armenian government let in foreign aid workers to help with the recovery in the earthquake's aftermath, and this was one of the first cases when rescue and relief workers from other countries were allowed to take part in relief work in the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev, on a visit to the United States, cut his trip short and went directly to Armenia to visit the quake-affected areas. Source: Wikipedia

Many thanks to Liza Manukyan for identifying the artist! (4/25/2007)

by Frid Sogoyan
Address: E & 17th Sts. NW Nearest Metro: Farragut West (Orange - Blue)
Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog: Control number DC000114 (dcMem ID #880)
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