5.3 quake jolts Romania, no casualties reported

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An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale has occurred Saturday morning in the Vrancea region. The magnitude was revised to 5.3, the National Research Institute for Earth Physics (INFP) has announced on Twitter, although originally was considered of 5.6, also taken over by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

According to the USGS, the quake occurred at 02.11 hours, seven kilometres west of the Nereju commune, Vrancea County, at a depth of 88.3 kilometres.

The quake was felt strongly in Bucharest and Republic of Moldova, according to eyewitnesses.

In September, Romania recorded more than 25 earthquakes with magnitudes between 2.5 and 4.3 on the Richter scale.

According INFP the most important tectonic movement in Romania in recent years was recorded in 2014, on November 22, when an earthquake of 5.7 on the Richter scale occurred, it also was felt in Bucharest.

 

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