Romania commemorated on Friday 45 years since the biggest earthquake on record to hit the country. Measuring 7.2 degrees on the Richter scale, it killed almost 1,600 people, mostly in the capital Bucharest, and caused damage estimated at over 2 billion dollars at the time.
Some 230,000 homes and hundreds of economic structures were destroyed or damaged. Experts are warning that in the event of a similar events, hundreds of buildings could collapse today in Bucharest. More than 100 earthquakes over 3 degrees on the Richter scale occur every year in Romania.