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Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Romania, no victims or major damage

The magnitude of the earthquake that struck the eastern Vrancea region early on 24 September, at 2:11, was amended to 5.3 from an initial 5.6, the National Research and Development Institute for Earth Physics (INCDFP) announced on Saturday on its Twitter account. The quake that shook Romania early Saturday was felt in neighbouring Bulgaria, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Greece and Albania Romania’s seismological institute said, but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.

General Mayor of Bucharest Gabriela Firea confirmed that there were not recorded any victims or events following the earthquake that occurred at a depth of 91.6 kilometres (57 miles).

In addition, a spokesperson for the national emergencies agency (IGSU) told AFP that there were no casualties or significant damage.

Romania is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in Europe, with its Vrancea region lying at the intersection of three tectonic plates.

In 1977, a 7.2 magnitude quake struck Vrancea and left more than 1,500 dead.

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