Ashgabat earthquake, 1948.

Ashgabat earthquake, 1948.

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Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ashgabat earthquake. Remains of the Karl Marx Library in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, destroyed by an Earthquake. This magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred near Ashgabat, in what was the Soviet Turkmen Republic, on 6th October 1948 and is considered to be the 6th deadliest earthquake in history. Media sources vary on the number of casualties from 10,000 to 176,000 due to censorship by the national government.

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