Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Oct 5 1948 juwan tillman

  • The Earthquake in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan killed more than 110,000 people.
  • It measured a 7.3 on the Richter scale.
  • The city was a big pile of rubber after the earthquake. The whole city was destroyed.
  • The earthquake occurred October 5, 1948 at 2:17 a.m.
  • It coated over 25 million dollars
  • The earthquake caused extreme damage in Ashgabat and nearby villages, where almost all brick buildings collapsed, concrete structures were heavily damaged, and freight trains were derailed.
  • This earthquake killed future Turkmen president Saparmurat Niyazov's mother Gurbansoltan Eje and the rest of his family, leaving him an orphan. Aid to victims, as well as restoration of basic needs and infrastructure, was provided by the Soviet Army.
  • This is where the earthquake hit. This is the same map in the the background.
  • The earthquake lasted only 10 seconds, but it devastated the entire city. All of the hospitals, government buildings, offices, apartments, factories, schools, and theaters collapsed to the ground as most of them were made of bricks. Communication to the outside world was cut off as power lines, telephone lines, telegraphs, radio stations, railway stations, and the airport were all damaged.

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