YEREVAN, December 6. /ARKA/. Aharon Adibekyan, head of Sociometer Center for Sociological Studies, speaking Friday at a news conference, said the December 7, 1988 Spitak Earthquake in Armenia caused such a destructive effect because of shoddy-built houses.
In his opinion, it was possible to avoid such heavy consequences if the republic would not be blighted with corruption and embezzlement. Adibekyan said improper construction continues in Armenia.
The 1988 earthquake reduced to rubble the ci ties of Spitak and Gyumri (Leninakan formerly) and nearby villages. Some other cities were destroyed partially.
This ten-magnitude quake took 25,000 lives and rendered 140,000 disabled and 500,000 homeless. -0--