1948 Ashgabat Earthquake
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan was hit by the deadliest ever earthquake that claimed nearly 110,000 lives and destroyed almost every man-made structure. It even de-railed the trains and made the transportation come to a standstill. The earthquake occurred on the night of 6th October 1948 with a surface wave magnitude of 7.3.
It is believed that the USSR government had faced a big economic crunch due to the disaster and was therefore unable to initiate the relief work quickly. This is one of the main reasons why the government never revealed much information about the earthquake, its cause, causalities, or actual loss of the property.