On May 28, 1995 at 1:04 a.m. local time one of the strongest earthquakes in history occurred in northern Sakhalin. The magnitude of the earthquake was 7.2 on the Richter scale, the intensity at the epicenter 9 points. The earthquake caused significant damage throughout northern Sakhalin, however the village of Neftegorsk suffered the most it was almost totally flattened in 27 seconds. 3,197 people had lived in Neftegorsk before the event. 2,040 people were killed during the earthquake. After the earthquake, the village was not rebuilt. There were built a memorial complex and a chapel located near the cemetery, where the dead are buried.
The main repository and the scientific archive of the Sakhalin Regional Museum contain several collections, including a film about Neftegorsk earthquake. On the eve of the tragic anniversary, the Sakhalin Regional Museum received another video of the destroyed village, taken on May 29 and June 13, 1995. In addition to rescue work, video shows rescues pulling a man out of the rubble of the collapsed building.
Sakhalin Regional Museum honors the memory of those killed in the Neftegorsk earthquake.
The photos are frames from the video