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The forgotten survivors of the Gyumri earthquake

The forgotten survivors of the Gyumri earthquake
From Al Jazeera - December 6, 2017

Gyumri,Armenia - In Gyumri time is measured as "before" and "after" the earthquake.On December 7, 1988, an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale struck northern Armenia, killing at least 25,000 people and injuring hundreds of thousands more. A countless number of people were left homeless as high-rise apartment blocks collapsed like dominoes.

Gyumri, Armenias second largest city, suffered much of the damage.

Soon after the tragic event, the Soviet Union collapsed and in 1991, Armenia gained its independence, but this transition was full of turmoil. A war with neighbouring Azerbaijan, with consequent energy shortages and an economic blockade, left the landlocked country and its inhabitants in dire conditions.

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