17 Small Houses Of Armenia

Small Houses Of Armenia

Posted on January 12, 2012 by


On December 7th, 1988 Armenia was hit with a powerful 7.2 earthquake destroying the city of Spitak and 58 villages. Such cities as Leninakan, Stepanavan, Kirovakan, as well as other 300 villages, were partially destroyed. The earthquake killed at least 25,000 people; 514,000 lost their homes.

Geologists and earthquake engineering experts laid the blame on the poorly built support structures of apartments and other buildings built during the 'stagnation' era of Leonid Brezhnev. The Soviet Union was harshly criticized for its inability to carry out rescue operations. The country was not ready for a catastrophe of this kind.

It's been over 20 years since the deadly tremor, however, a lot of Armenian people still have to live in temporary metal structures called 'small houses'.


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Spitak with a population of 16,000 people located close to the epicenter, was wiped out. Above, you see a mass grave of the victims of 1988 Spitak Earthquake.

Over 3,000 families have to live in metal temporary houses and winter is the most difficult part of the year for them.

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17 Responses to “Small Houses Of Armenia”

  1. geoff says:

    I like the black and white.

    Quote “The earthquake killed at least 25,000 people; 514,000 lost their homes. The country was not ready for a catastrophe of this kind”……..Which country would be prepared for that ? ?…….None !

  2. John says:

    Looks like rural Louisiana.

  3. Osip says:

    Something is wrong when the state ignores such people for such a long time. It is Russia’s responsibility to help the Armenian.

  4. Mercal says:

    DEPRESSING!

  5. MIKE says:

    FIRST OF ALL THIS IS NOT 1 TIME THAT ARMENIA IS SHOWN “BLACK AND WHITE” HERE …GEORGIA AND AZERBAIJAN ARE NEVER SHIWED LIKE THAT IN THIS SITE. SEEMS THAT THEY ARE MORE DEVELOPED THAN ARMENIA . THAT IS NOT RIGHT. I HAVE BEEN IN 3 COUNTRIES AND I CAN SAY ARMENIA IS DEVELOPING FASTER WHICH IS BLOCKED BETWEEN AZERBAIJAN AND TURKEY -BORDERS ARE CLOSE . A CAUNTRY WHICH DOES NOT HAVE SEEWAY AND DOES NOT HAVE ANY OIL FIELDS… BETTER SHOW THE NEW TOWNS THAT MADE ARMENIANS AFTER EARTHQUAKE. DONT FORGET THAT THE POPULATION IS JUST 3 MILLIONS IN ARMENIA… BUT THEY SURVIVED AND BUILT NEW TOWNS FOR 500000 PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR HOMES NOT EASY…NEW MODERN COUNTRY AFTER EARTHQUAKE AND VERY NICE AND VERY FAST DEVELOPING CAUNTRY.

  6. petrohof says:

    the u.s. helped its people in hurricane at new orleans also. NOT! governments are not concerned about their people, only about power and money.

  7. dsch says:

    The problem with Armenia is that it’s not a muslim country. Only muslim or anti-american countries get good press. Armenia will always be depicted in black and white, and only the bad aspects of the country will be hilighted. Not only by Englishrussia, but also by Reuters and other petrol-paid sites and agencies.

  8. dsch says:

    By the way, Israel has probably the best rescue teams in the world. Turkey got Israel to set up and train their earthquake response teams, and on every event the Israeli teams fly to Turkey, Haiti or where ever they are needed. But, of course, the press will never cover those stories.

  9. Artur says:

    Why the pigs head ?
    I am Armenian and back in 88 I was a young 9 year old boy. We lived in the city Yerevan but traveled to Gyumry in December to celebrate my aunts birthday. I will never ever in a million years forget that tragic day and the days that followed the earthquake. It was an extremely sad day and we lost tons of relatives, friends and neighbors. The building we were in completely one half pretty much became dust within seconds we escaped from the building. It is by the grace of God alone that I am here today alive and well with my family. I hope no country will ever see what we saw back in 1988.

    Oh, and next time please take the pics in color. Why black and white? Are we still back in the 40s ? Would love to see more pics and stories on the development in Armenia as well. While this was a great post some uplifting ones will be nice too from time to time.

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