An earthquake rumbled through northern Armenia, which was devastated by a killer quake in December 1988, the official Tass news agency said Monday. "There were no casualties," Tass said.
It said at 10:28 p.m. Moscow time Sunday, an earthquake rocked the town of Spitak, which two years ago was razed by a quake. No Richter scale reading was available.Older structures were damaged in the city of Stepanavan and the community of Kirovakan also was shaken. The tremor also was felt to a lesser degree in Yerevan, capital of the republic, Tass said.
The earthquake Dec. 7, 1988, left at least 15,000 people dead in Leninikan, Spitak and Kirovakan. The quake forced Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to cut short a meeting in New York with President Reagan.
The cities leveled by the quake have still not been rebuilt, and foreign work teams have gone home because the strife between rivals in the republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan has often cut off building supplies to reconstruct the towns.