Earthquakes in Bucharest 1977, Romania

Earthquakes in Romania

In Romania there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur rather rarely.

Since 1950 more than 1600 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Earthquakes in Romania since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Romania happened on 03/04/1977 in the region Bucharest with a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 55 km resulted in 1641 deaths.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
10/27/2004Bucharest, Braila; Bulgaria (Northern)36 km5.80
12/02/1991Voiteg, Deta, Banloc40 km5.50
07/18/1991Orsava30 km5.60
07/12/1991Banloc, Deta, Timisoara21 km5.62
05/31/1990Kishinev, Cis47 km6.10
05/30/1990Bucharest, Braila, Brasov6 km6.714
08/30/1986Bucharest, Kishinev-Kagul35 km6.92
11/03/1977Velingrad54 km5.10
03/04/1977Bucharest55 km7.51641


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).