RUSSIA: Quake News

When infidel newsgatherers sit down to describe The Day of Judgment, their accounts may perhaps resemble those which trickled over improvised wires last week from the Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia, recently earthquake smitten (TIME, Nov. 1).

At Leninakan, once Alexandropol, Dr. Joseph Beach, Director of Near East Relief in the Caucasus, described the catastrophe, now thought to have caused 1,500 deaths and wrought $60,000,000 property damage. Said he:

"I was at dinner when a terrific rumbling, surging noise rent the air. A thousand windows crashed, and the building oscillated. . . ....

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