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March 4, 2021

Romania might be shaken by over 6 degree Richter quake in the upcoming period

Professor Gheorghe Marmu­reanu, head of the Institute for Earth Physics, has said earthquakes of over 6 degrees on the Richter scale were quite possible in Romania in the upcoming period, adding that their magnitude would not exceed the 7 degrees considered as critical in this country. ‘In Romania, the Vrancea area is extremely dangerous with a quake of over 7 degrees on the Richter scale. We have daily earthquakes with magnitudes of little over 4 degrees Richter’, Marmureanu said. The specialist, on the other hand, explained that ‘we won’t have a catastrophic earthquake until 2030’. ‘In the last 30 year, we have recorded quakes of over 6 degrees on the Richter scale. For example, in 1986, we had one measuring 6.95 degrees, in 1990 we had one of 6.7 degrees and one of 6.2 degrees in 2004. There were no victims. This sort of earthquakes are not dangerous in Romania’, Gheorghe Marmureanu told Mediafax. He stressed that, for Vrancea, ‘a catastrophic earthquake is one higher than 7 degrees on the Richter scale’. ‘The tectonic activity is now busy in Asia. I say we ’cannot expect to have a catastrophic earthquake until 2022 or even 2030’, Marmureanu also said.

‘I repeat – there cannot be an earthquake of over 7 degrees Richter very soon. Nothing will break until enough energy will have been stored in Vrancea for a bigger quake, because, for the time being, there is nothing to break. Earthquakes of less than 7 degrees have never been a problem in Romania. Anything under 7 degrees on the Richter scale is not significant either to Romania and Bucharest’, Gheorghe Marmu­reanu continued.

Speaking about the recent intensification of seismic activity, the director of the Institute for Earth Physics said many small earthquakes less than 4 degrees Richter are reported in Romania every year but they do not activate the deep and dangerous quakes. According to the website of the National Institute for Earth Physics, a total of nine earthquakes with magnitudes of under 3 degrees on the Richter scale were recorded in Romania from Monday to Thursday last week. The last quake higher than 4 degrees occurred in the Vrancea area, on September 30.

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