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Painting of Gorbachev's visit to Armenia, capturing the mood of the crowd during the president's somber visit in the wake of the earthquake. Note the wreckage in the background.

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Distribution of all seismic events in the Soviet Union from 1977 to 1986. Note the particular concentrations along the Kamchatka peninsula, the Tian Shen and Pamir mountain ranges in south Central Asia, and pockets in the Caspian region. Note that…

An archival photo of Chernobyl "liquidators" involved in the initial cleanup after the nuclear disaster. These particular responders are on the roof of Reactor Three. Note the distortion at the bottom of the photograph from the high levels of…

Newspaper account of Gorbachev's visit to Armenia in the wake of the 1988 earthquake. The picture depicts his visit to Leninakan (now Gyumri), the largest city involved in the Spitak earthquake disaster.

Photo of one of the burn victims following the ufa train disaster. Burn medicine in Soviet Union at the time was discovered to be far behind Western standards, forcing the USSR to request medical aid from US, making it the second disaster in a row in…

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A map of unplanned explosions at munitions sites from 1979-2013. These stockpile explosions are often correlated with conflicts in the region, not as acts of war, but accidents due to storing weapons, often in preparation for some kind of military…

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