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January 27, 2023

5.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Romania, the strongest telluric movement this year

An earthquake with 5.7 magnitude on the Richter scale occurred on Saturday evening at 21.14, in Vrancea, according to EMSC (European Mediterranean Seismological Centre). The earthquake, which was felt strongly in Bucharest, occurred at a depth of 40 kilometers and lasted 30 seconds.

Mircea Radulian, scientific director of the National Institute for the Earth Physics ( INFP), said it was the largest earthquake in the past year. “It was a strong earthquake, as it was felt. After the first estimates, the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5 degrees. It was the largest earthquake in the past year. There may be replicas, but they will be quite small. They might  not be felt . “said Mircea Radulian to Romania TV.

11 aftershocks recorded in Vrancea seismic area after the Saturday’s night earthquake

No less than 11 aftershocks with magnitudes exceeding 2 degrees were recorded in the last hours after the earthquake last night in Vrancea area, reported Antena3. The earthquake of 5.7 on the Richter scale occurred at a depth of 39 kilometers, at 21.14. It is the strongest magnitude earthquake produced this year in Romania. Telluric movement was felt in the capital, but in the cities of Moldavia effect was stronger. Vrancea seismic wave came to the capital, Galati, Focsani, Constanta and Tulcea and created minor damage. Several hundred people came to the hospital with minor injuries or panic attacks. Last year, on October 6, in Vrancea earthquake occurred 5.5 degrees on the Richter.Some telephone networks fell in the first minutes after the earthquake due to the large number of calls.



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