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February 18, 2020

Bucharest, the European capital most vulnerable to earthquakes

Bucharest has 183 buildings that are a public safety hazard in case of earthquake and only 18 of them have been consolidated in the last 14 years, many theatres or entertainment venues being at risk because their owners refuse consolidation works, the City Hall stated for Mediafax.

Bucharest has 366 buildings that have been assessed and included in the Seismic Risk Class I category. 183 of them are a public safety hazard. Another 306 buildings have been included in the Seismic Risk Class II category, the City Hall informs.

The buildings located in Bucharest’s historic district are most at risk. A small part of them have been consolidated, while surveys and assessments have been conducted for others and the city’s General Council will decide whether consolidation works will be financed from the local budget or through public-private partnership.

Almost half of the public venues located in historic district buildings vulnerable to seismic risk have closed. This was the result of the coming into force of the law that bans commercial activities from being carried out in such buildings. Likewise, the Nottara Theatre, the Foarte Mic Theatre and Cinema Patria have cancelled dozens of shows and screenings because of the seismic risk stickers placed on the buildings in which they are located.

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