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. Compared to the size of the country, earthquakes occur with above-average frequency, but rarely with devastating damage.

Since 1950, more than 25,000 people died by the direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Armenia by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 10:00 UTC.

Recent earthquakes in Armenia
  • March 24, 7:16 am
    Magnitude 5.6: 13 km southwest of Khowy, Iran at a depth of 17.88 km.
  • March 16, 3:47 pm
    Magnitude 5.2: Northwestern Iran at a depth of ten km.

Earthquakes in Armenia since 1950

Earthquakes in Leninakan Spitak Kirovakan, ArmeniaThe strongest earthquake in Armenia happened on 12/07/1988 in the Leninakan, Spitak, Kirovakan region 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.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal 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. Data have been summarized and translated.
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