The world started to crumble on 7 December 1988 at 11.41 hours. 514,000 people lost their homes, 33,000 were wounded, 25,000 died, 917 public buildings were destroyed. The magnitude of the earthquake was 7 degree on the Richter scale. Spitak was the most battered city – only one building survived, and one third of its population died under the ruins. The city survived, but it has never been able to shake off the trauma. The people are unable to forget. Spitak endures.