In the South of Armenia, an earthquake of magnitude 3.3

© Flickr / Matt KatzenbergerСейсмограф. Archival photoIn the South of Armenia, an earthquake of magnitude 3.3© Flickr / Matt Katzenberger

An earthquake of magnitude 5 at the epicenter occurred on Sunday in the South of Armenia, reported the press service of the emergencies Ministry.

«Twenty-fifth of February, at about 17.02 (16.02 GMT) near the village of Yelpin (100 km South of Yerevan) was an earthquake of magnitude 3.3. The strength of tremors in the epicenter was 4-5. The focus lies at a depth of 10 km», — stated in the message.

Victims and destructions.

Yelpin is located on the border with Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic within Azerbaijan.

The territory of Armenia is located in a seismically active zone. The strongest over the past 30 years, Spitak earthquake occurred on 7 December 1988. Then the tremors force up to 7 points for 30 seconds destroyed the Armenian town of Spitak, destroyed the other cities of the Republic, Leninakan (now Gyumri), Kirovakan (now Vanadzor) and Stepanavan.

All of the earthquake affected 21 cities and 350 villages, and 58 of them were completely destroyed. According to official figures, killed 25 thousand, 140 thousand became invalids, 514 thousand homeless.

In the South of Armenia, an earthquake of magnitude 3.3© Infographical worst natural disasters of the XXI century

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