ARMENIA Earthquake of 07.12.1988

ARMENIA Earthquake of 07.12.1988


Commemorative |4.813oz.| 2.37in| 60.00 x 7.50 mm |

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The 1988 Armenian earthquake, also known as the Spitak earthquake , occurred on December 7 at 11:41 local time with a surface wave magnitude of 6.8 and a maximum MSK intensity of X (Devastating). The shock occurred in the northern region of Armenia (then part of the Soviet Union) which is vulnerable to large and destructive earthquakes and is part of a larger active seismic belt that stretches from the Alps to the Himalayas. Activity in the area is associated with tectonic plate boundary interaction and the source of the event was slip on a thrust fault just to the north of Spitak. The complex incident ruptured multiple faults, with a strike-slip event occurring shortly after the initiation of the main shock. Between 25,000 and 50,000 were killed and up to 130,000 were injured.


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