34th Anniversary of 1988 Earthquake in Armenia

A message by Reverend Hendrik Shanazarian
Minister to the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America (AEUNA)

Thirty-four years ago, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake with maximum intensity shook Armenia on December 7 at 11:41 am and together with it shook the whole world because of its immense destruction and mortality rate.

Time stopped for more than 25,000 Armenians living in the northern cities or Armenia; and those who survived relived that moments of trauma times and times again. Not only Armenians, but the whole world rushed to extend helping hands, trying to warm up the frozen bodies and souls of the survivors by providing shelter and food, and offering hope.

Since then, during joyous and sad moments, our people came together to celebrate and mourn. They came together to build up the motherland and defend its borders.

As we remember those who perished in the earthquake, at this critical time in our nation’s history let us put aside our differences and join forces to build up the country, form a unified front to defend our homelands against the enemy and create an atmosphere where the younger generation can grow and thrive in hope.

Let us pray and work together toward that bright future.


Directly after the devastating earthquake in our MOTHERLAND in 1988, the AMAA initiated and supported various relief programs in Armenia, providing basic necessities of normal life to people, including orphans and needy children. The AMAA continues to operate and support a number of Orphan and Child Care Programs in Armenia and Artsakh.

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