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1988 Spitak Earthquake Database

browse graphicImage showing the collapse of an old stone masonry Armenian church near Leninakan.
The 1988 Spitak Earthquake database is an extensive collection of geophysical and geological data, maps, charts, images and descriptive text pertaining to the catastrophic earthquake in Armenia. This earthquake was unique both in catastrophic effects and in study coverage. Research groups from the former U.S.S.R., U.S.A., France, and Japan studied the earthquake area. The database was developed as a cooperative effort between centers in Russia and the United States. The goal was to provide seismologists around the world with a complete set of data for the devastating earthquake. The database contains practically all material relevant to the 1988 Spitak earthquake and its aftereffects. It also includes the geological and geophysical information collected during the years prior to the event, important for understanding the event. Almost 2,000 files and 170 megabytes of data are contained in the collection. This set consists of textual and graphical information about the earthquake, a "DOS" and "Microsoft Windows" menu for accessing the data, and a User Manual which discusses the data and explains how to use the access software to display and obtain useful information. Briefly, system requirements are: DOS: Requires 800 Kb hard disk space and 560 Kb memory Windows: Requires 570 Kb hard disk space for the access software. The database is static and is no longer being updated.

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  • Spitak Earthquake, 1988 (download)
    This set consists of textual and graphical information about the 1988 Spitak earthquake, a "DOS" and "Microsoft Windows" menu for accessing the data, and a User Manual which discusses the data and explains how to use the access software to display and obtain useful information. The database is static and is no longer being updated.
Distribution Formats
  • ASCII
  • pcx
  • dbase
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact Paula Dunbar
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6084
Paula.Dunbar@noaa.gov
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Publisher
    Publisher information not available.
Date(s)
  • publication: 1994-08-23
Edition: First
Dataset Progress Status Complete
Data Update Frequency: Not planned
Purpose: To provide seismologists around the world with a complete set of data for the devastating earthquake that occurred in Spitak, Armenia on December 7, 1988.
Use Limitations
  • Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Time Period: 1988-12-07  to  1988-12-07
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 43.000000
S: 40.000000
E: 48.000000
W: 42.000000
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > Seismology > Earthquake Occurrences
  • INFOTERRA > Disasters > Catastrophic phenomena > Earthquakes
  • INFOTERRA > Lithosphere > Seismic activity > Seismic activity
  • INFOTERRA > Lithosphere > Seismic monitoring > Seismic monitoring
  • Epicenter
  • Hypocenter
  • Seismographs
  • Seismometers
  • Visual Observations
  • WDS, BOULDER > World Data Service for Geophysics, Boulder
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Places
  • Asia > Armenia > Spitak
Use Constraints No constraint information available
Fees
  • Free on the web
Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.

Metadata Last Modified: 2014-04-01

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