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Armenian Earthquake Memorial at the Red Cross Bldg in Washington, D.C.
by Frid Sogoyan
located in James M. Goode's Foggy Bottom area (click link for more in that area)

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This is just one of several sights at the Red Cross building. Click here to see more.

The Spitak Earthquake also called Leninakan Earthquake was a tremor with a moment magnitude of 7.2, that took place on December 7, 1988 in the Spitak region of Armenia, then part of the Soviet Union. The entire city of Spitak was destroyed, and there was partial damage to the nearby cities of Leninakan (now known as Gyumri) and Kirovakan (today Vanadzor). Since most of the hospitals in the area were destroyed, and due to freezing winter temperatures, officials at all levels were not ready for a disaster of this scale and the relief effort was therefore not launched properly. The Armenian government let in foreign aid workers to help with the recovery in the earthquake's aftermath, and this was one of the first cases when rescue and relief workers from other countries were allowed to take part in relief work in the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev, on a visit to the United States, cut his trip short and went directly to Armenia to visit the quake-affected areas. Source: Wikipedia

Many thanks to Liza Manukyan for identifying the artist! (4/25/2007)




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TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
FROM A GRATEFUL
ARMENIAN PEOPLE
EARTHQUAKE ASSISTANCE
DECEMBER 7, 1988

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More Info
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James M. Goode's
'Washington Sculpture' (hardcover p 191 Item #5.23; Foggy Bottom area)

Artist: Frid Sogoyan
Related subjects: Children; History, European; Women
Location: E & 17th Sts. NW Washington, D.C.
See Foggy Bottom area in James Goode's Washington Sculpture
Nearest Metro: Farragut West (Orange - Blue - Silver) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number DC000114 (dcMem ID #880 )

Links & other sources
Wikipedia article on Armenian quake
AGBU.org article mentioning sculptor Sogoyan
Armenian Diaspora

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