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In 1919, the city was renamed Poltoratsk ( From this period onward, the city experienced rapid growth and industrialisation, although severely disrupted by a major earthquake on October 6, 1948.An estimated 7.3 on the Richter scale, the earthquake killed 110-176,000 In July 2003, street names in Ashgabat were replaced by serial numbers except for nine major highways, some named after Saparmurat Niyazov, his father, and his mother.
Development of office buildings and public spaces along the avenue continues.
Following Niyazov's death in 2006, Soviet-era street names were restored, though in the years since, many of them have been replaced with names honoring Turkmen scholars, poets, military heroes, and figures from art and culture.
According to estimates of the 2012 Turkmen census the Turkmen form 85% of the city's population.
Russians form 7.7% of the population, followed by Armenians (1.5%), Turks (1.1%), Uzbeks (1.1%), and Azeris (1%).
When Ashgabat was under Russian rule, the number of Bahá'ís in the city rose to over 1,000, and a Bahá'í community was established, with its own schools, medical facilities and cemetery.
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The community elected one of the first Bahá'í local administrative institutions.