According to the honorary director of the INFP, an earthquake measuring up to magnitude 7 on the Richter scale would not cause victims and damages.
A “very deep” earthquake is expected to take place in Vrancea, the vulnerable area being southern Moldavia and to a lesser extent Bucharest, Professor Gheorghe Marmureanu stated yesterday on Pro TV. “This is what our analyses show. It can be like in 1940 or in 1802,” the honorary director of the National Institute for Earth Physics (INFP) stated, according to Mediafax, referring to the earthquakes that took place in Vrancea in 1940 and 1802, earthquakes whose epicenters had a depth of 150 kilometers and that measured magnitude 7.7 and 7.9 respectively. Asked about the vulnerable areas in case such an earthquake takes place, Marmureanu mentioned southern Moldavia (Focsani, Bacau, Galati), Tulcea, but also Bessarabia and the Odessa region in Ukraine. “I want to give you a very important piece of information. All monasteries in northern Dobrogea were toppled in 1940. In 1977 they were unscathed. (…) We can have earthquakes up to magnitude 7.1 every time at least in the last five or six years. An earthquake could take place on any day, on any night. An earthquake measuring up to magnitude 7 does not cause loss of lives, nor damages,” he said.
On the other hand, Marmureanu attacked yesterday a recommendation included in an earthquake protection guide for students, underlying that it is not good for students to go under their tables in the classrooms. Marmureanu claims that it is better to stay near an object rather than below it.
Earthquakes in Galati County, favored by rainfalls and loess
According to Marmureanu, the series of earthquakes that took place in Galati was favored by the abundant rainfalls that took place in early September, which led to water infiltrating the soil that also consisted of loess. He also stated that things will calm down seismically speaking in Galati and there is no need for people to consider moving out of the area. Moreover, the INFP’s honorary director claims that the earthquakes took place in “absolutely natural conditions.”
We remind our readers that Research Minister Mihnea Costoiu stated at the end of October that according to the conclusions of the scientific report the main cause of the earthquakes in Galati was tectonic in nature, but the underground water “amplified” the sound signal and affected even more the homes in the Izvoarele village. Over 260 earthquakes took place in the Galati area starting on September 23, of which more than 30 measured over magnitude 2.5 on the Richter scale. The strongest earthquakes registered in Galati during this period measured magnitude 3.9 and took place on September 29, September 30 and October 4. An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.5 took place in Vrancea on October 6, being the biggest earthquake in the last four years. The earthquake was felt in Bucharest too, but also in northern Bulgaria and the Republic of Moldova.
Arafat: Bucharest would receive help from the rest of the country
In case of a major earthquake Bucharest would be helped out with resources from the rest of the country and from neighboring hospitals, resources consisting of extrication and first aid equipment, secretary of state Raed Arafat stated on Pro TV. In the same context, Arafat pointed out that SMURD would be dedicated to the necessary interventions after an earthquake and other emergency calls will be redirected to the ambulance service. Asked whether a national strategy concerning the measures to be adopted in case of earthquake should be drafted, Raed Arafat gave a clear answer: “One hundred per cent.”