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September 27, 2022

3.8 quake, 5 quakes measuring over 2.5 Richter-scale degrees hit Galati on Thursday

An earthquake measuring 3.8 Richter-scale degrees occurred on Thursday at 12.27 p.m. in Galati, being followed by other earthquakes measuring between 2.8 and 3.6 on the Richter scale on the same day, Romania’s National Earth Physics Research and Development Institute (INFP) announced on its website. Since September 23, the city of Galati has been jolted by as many as 22 quakes measuring over 2.5 Richter-scale degrees, with the most powerful earthquake taking place on Sept. 39 and rating 3.9 degrees on the Richter scale. INFP Director Constantin Ionescu said on Monday that a total of 37 earthquakes have hit Galati over September 23-30. He also said that the earthquakes that have jolted Galati over that interval are nothing out of the ordinary and they cannot be associated with other tectonic activities. Ionescu pointed out that the respective area is located on a fault named Saint George, where earthquakes occur frequently. A high number of quakes rattled the same area also in 2005, 2011 and 2012. Last year, for example, 8 earthquakes occurred on the same day, with the strongest measuring 3.7. As a result of the earthquakes that jolted Galati on Thursday, some tens of inhabitants of the Galati-based Izvoarele village, the Slobozia Conachi commune, blocked for an hour a county road ensuring connection from the village to National Road No. 25. The protesters requested the authorities to provide explanations for the multiple earthquakes having hit the area over the last eleven days.

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