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Earth Physics Institute honorary director says next big earthquake might reach 8 degrees on Richter scale

The future big earthquake that will take place in Romania will be deeper, similar to the one in 1802, and this will be the luck of our country, the honorary director of the National Institute of Earth Physics (INFP), Gheorghe Marmureanu has said on Friday.

Marmureanu has estimated that the next big earthquake will have a magnitude of 7.2 to 7.9 degrees on Richter scale, possibly even 8 degrees, digi24.ro informs.

“The earthquake will be deep and this will be Romania’s luck. The deeper it is, the energy dissipates on a larger surface. It will be a very large area, from Moscow to Cairo. Throughout Europe, I would say,” Gheorghe Marmureanu said at the World Earth Day forum.

He compared the image of the earthquake with an overturnedEarth Physics Institute honorary director says next big earthquake might reach 8 degrees on Richter scale cone, the point of which is the earthquake and the area is the surface of Europe.

Marmureanu argues that the future big earthquake that will occur in Romania will be similar to the one in 1802, of magnitude 8, but which did not led to any casualties. However, the specialist says, not the same can be said about the consequences of the future earthquake in the context in which Romania has changed and now “we have poorly built blocks of flats”.

“I’m optimistic, that’s the word. The depth will be 150-170 km. There are great chances it will occur after 2040-2041. There are calculations over three centuries. I see that I have not been wrong so far,” Marmureanu said.

In connection to the earthquake of 1802, Marmureanu mentioned that it was felt in Moscow and Cairo, and in Moscow it moved rock benches horizontally.

The “Gheorghe Ionescu – Sisesti” Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (ASAS) has organized on Friday the forum dedicated to World Earth Day, for the year 2018 the theme being “Let’s put an end to the pollution with plastics”.

 

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