A Worldwide Effort
The 1988 Armenian earthquake is also sometimes referred to as the 1988 Spitak Earthquake, due to its devastating impact on the city and nearby villages. After the debris was cleared, many different countries contributed to rebuild housing, schools, and more. This left a multinational imprint on the city which can be seen clearly today. Along the Yerevan highway, driving towards Spitak, you first notice the Swiss and Italian neighborhoods, followed by the Uzbek neighborhood and Czech school, followed by the Estonian neighborhood and Norwegian hospital, until you finally arrive in the current city center.