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June 23, 2021

Earthquake of 4.8 on Richter scale jolts Vrancea, Bucharest

An earthquake with the magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter scale was reported yesterday morning in the Vrancea area, at 5.40 AM. The National Earth Physics Institute (INFP) initially put the quake at 5.1 degrees, but later revised the magnitude to 4.8. Accor­ding to USGS.com, the tremor was only 4.7 on the Richter scale, while the European-Mediterranean Seismolo­gical Center has measured 4.8 degrees. The epicenter was at a depth of 134 km under the earth surface, some 11 km from Valea Ramnicului and 52 km from Focsani. “This is something that appears every 2-3 years in Vrancea. It was not something unusual. In normal conditions, nothing should occur in the near future. It will have few aftershocks, if any, but of lower magnitude than the initial tremor,” the scientific director of INFP, Mircea Radu­lian said on Realitatea TV. The earthquake could be felt in Bucharest and in other regions of Romania: Focsani, Buzau, Craiova or Ramnicu Valcea.

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