Today in Earthquake History
Earthquake History for January 28th
Samaxi (Shemakha) almost completely destroyed; all but about 20 buildings had some damage. About 30,000 people homeless. This is in the same area as one of the world's most destructive earthquakes in 1667. The city was severely damaged again on 13 Feb 1902, with possibly several hundred casualties. The 1902 quake caused the city to lose its importance as a silk center, which had been a principal business since the 16th Century.
From: N.V. Kondorskaya and N.V. Shebalin, eds., New Catalog of Strong Earthquakes in the U.S.S.R. from Ancient Times through 1977, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center Report SE-31, Boulder, Colorado, 1982. (Update and English translation of Noviy Katalog Sil'nykh Zemlyetryaseniy na Territoriy SSSR s Drevneyshikh Vremyen do 1975 g., USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 1977.); and The International Geographic Encyclopedia and Atlas, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1979.
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