Cell phone and Internet connections are disrupted in the Armenian capital after Saturday’s 4.9 magnitude earthquake. Two buildings had their facings collapse and another had its roof damaged. One person was injured.
According to eyewitnesses, the earthquake in Yerevan was so strong that all goods were falling down from store shelves and furniture was moving in houses. The frightened citizens fled their apartments, TASS news agency reports.
The epicenter of the earthquake struck 11 kilometers south of the capital. However, powerful tremors at a depth of 10 kilometers were felt in the southeast of Yerevan.
Armenian Emergencies Ministry recommended the citizens to stay in the streets for now, as the underground tremors are still possible, despite the fact that seismic activity is getting lower. A total of 46 aftershocks were registered on Saturday.
Even more serious earthquakes with magnitude 7.1 occurred on Saturday in Japan in the area of Fukushima prefecture. A tsunami threat persists there. Local residents were asked not to approach the coastline.