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Why I Became a Disaster Expert

A man in northern Armenia remembers the victims of the Spitak earthquake. Credit: Jodi HiltonBy Armen GrigoryanNov 26 2018 (IPS)Thirty years ago, a powerful earthquake ripped through my home country of Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead, 500,000 homeless and annihilating an estimated 40 percent of the national economy.The northern city of Spitak and many other villages around it were wiped out completely.I was 20 and felt helpless, angry and at the same time eager to act. The police and army were clearly overwhelmed. Ordinary people tried to remove the rubble, while soldiers stood outside the central bank to prevent people from …read more

Source: Inter Press Service

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