Why I became a disaster expert

Children in north Armenia commemorate the Spitak earthquake. Photo: Jodi Hilton/UNDP
Nune Movsisyan was 21 years old when a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Spitak, levelling her house with her inside. Photo: UNDP Armenia
Armenia lies in one of the most seismically active regions of the world. Earthquakes have affected large numbers of people and caused significant economic losses over the past 30 years.
The population, economy, and environment of Armenia are highly vulnerable to natural hazards.
Developing seismic building codes and standards is part of the preparedness framework.
A Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform was established in 2010.

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