Yerevan Lake

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Yerevan Lake
Yerevan Lake
Location of the artificial reservoir in Armenia.
Location of the artificial reservoir in Armenia.
Yerevan Lake
Coordinates40°9′35.04″N 44°28′36.54″E / 40.1597333°N 44.4768167°E / 40.1597333; 44.4768167Coordinates: 40°9′35.04″N 44°28′36.54″E / 40.1597333°N 44.4768167°E / 40.1597333; 44.4768167
Basin countriesArmenia
Max. width5 km (3.1 mi)
Surface area0.65 km2 (0.25 sq mi)
Max. depth18 m (59 ft)
Surface elevation908 m (2,979 ft)

Yerevan Lake (Armenian: Երևանյան լիճ (Yerevanyan lich)) is an artificial reservoir located in the capital of Armenia in Yerevan. It was formed between 1963 and 1966, to be opened in 1967.[1]

1976 bus accident[edit]

On September 16, 1976 Shavarsh Karapetyan training with his brother Kamo, also a finswimmer, by running alongside the reservoir, Karapetyan had just completed his usual distance of 20 km (12 mi) when he heard the sound of a crash and saw a sinking Yerevan trolleybus which had gone out of control and fallen from the dam wall. The trolleybus lay at the bottom of the reservoir some 25 meters (80 ft) off the shore at a depth of 10 meters (33 ft). Karapetyan swam to it and, under conditions of almost zero visibility due to the silt rising from the bottom, broke the back window with his legs. The trolleybus was crowded, it carried 92 passengers and Karapetyan knew he had little time, spending some 30 to 35 seconds for each person he saved. He saved 20 lives.[2]


  1. ^ Palmer, Richard N. (2010). World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2010 challenges of change. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers. p. 39. ISBN 9780784411148.
  2. ^ The trolley-bus and Shavarsh Karapetyan