A 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook Romania last night

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A 5.2 magnitude earthquake took place in the Vrancea seismic region on the night of Thursday to Friday at 03:26hrs, at a depth of 121 kilometers. The quake was also felt in Bucharest and other cities in Muntenia and Moldavia regions.

Location: 84 km E from Brașov, 97 km S from Bacău, 98 km NE fromPloiești, 110 km V from Galați, 112  km NV from Brăila, 148 km N from Bucharest 171 km NE from Pitești, 177 km SV from Iași, 197 km E from Sibiu, 212 km N from Ruse.

Initially, the earthquake’s magnitude had been estimated at 5.4 and a depth of 125km, but after later on the National Institute of Research and Development for Earth Physics (INCDFP) revised it to 5.2 on the Richter scale and a depth of 121km.

The quake was felt in Constanta, Brasov, Bacau, Iasi, Vaslui, Suceava, but also in Chisinau, the capital of R. Moldova.

The earthquake was the strongest in the past one year and a half in Romania, but the INCDFP general manager said it has nothing to do with the earthquakes in Albania and Turkey.

“The quake is a normal activity in Vrancea region. There are similar quakes her from time to time, ranging from a magnitude of 5.2 up to 6. A quake usually occurs in this region once in two years”, said the NCDFP general manager, Constantin Ionescu.

He also explained that no aftershocks are expected after a quake at such magnitude.

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