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May 9, 2021

Almost one hundred schools in Bucharest at high risk in case of quake

97 schools in Bucharest, with over 26,000 pupils enrolled, face a high seismic risk. The pupils were taught, as part of a project, how to behave in case of earthquake. The situation was presented on Monday during a press conference, part of the “Too Quick To Quake” project run by the Swedish Embassy and the members of the Swedish Sustainable Business community, in partnership with the Bucharest Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and the Bucharest School Inspectorate. The “Too Quick To Quake” project started a year ago and consisted of two stages. As part of the process of training the pupils, teachers presented a series of images depicting the appropriate way of reacting in case of earthquake. The educational support was created by experts in preparing the population for emergency situations. The event was organized on the occasion of marking 36 years since the devastating earthquake of March 4, 1977. The earthquake measured magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale and lasted approximately 56 seconds. 1,570 people were killed, 1,391 in Bucharest alone. Approximately 11,300 people were injured and 35,000 buildings collapsed. The biggest damages were registered in Bucharest where over 33 buildings and high-rises collapsed.

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