Earthquakes in Leninakan Spitak Kirovakan, Armenia

Earthquakes in Armenia

In Armenia earthquakes can be strong and cause heavy damages in a circle of dozens of kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur above average, but not excessively often.

Since 1950 more than 25000 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Earthquakes in Armenia since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Armenia happened on 12/07/1988 in the region Leninakan, Spitak, Kirovakan with a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 24 km resulted in 25000 deaths.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
07/09/1998Astara, Bilasuvar, Imisli18 km6.00
12/07/1988Leninakan, Spitak, Kirovakan24 km6.825000
09/01/1968Zangezur 5.00
06/09/1968Zangezur 5.00


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).