Moderate (deep) earthquake in Romania (Vrancea Region) – Felt in many countries

Last update: October 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm by By

If you are Romanian, please also read our Galati in-depth article

Update : Due to the totally different hypocenter depth of the Vrancea and the Galati earthquakes, a direct relation in between bot events can almost certainly be excluded. Science will have to do a lot of research to look into the details of what happened (faults, wave distribution, focal mechanism, etc etc)

Update : The reason that this earthquake (still moderate in Magnitude terms) was felt in a so wide area (many countries) is that the earthquake waves are radiating from deep in the earth (hot  solid part of the mantle). The wave bundle is far bigger when it arrives at the surface than with shallow earthquakes

Update : based on earlier similar earthquakes (they happen every few months / years) we think that the deep Romania earthquakes have a (unproved) relation with massive earthquakes in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A strong quake occurred in Vrancea region in intermediate depth. According to Romanian authorities, the quake had Magnitude 5.5. It was felt in Bucharest and other parts of eastern Romania, furthermore in Moldowia (Chisinau), Northern Bulgaria and southwestern Ukraine (Odessa).

Vrancea National Park where the epicenter was located - Image courtesy and copyright Buzau2

Vrancea National Park where the epicenter was located – Image courtesy and copyright Buzau2

14km (9mi) WSW of Nereju, Romania
34km (21mi) NE of Nehoiu, Romania
34km (21mi) SE of Covasna, Romania
48km (30mi) SE of Tirgu Secuiesc, Romania
141km (88mi) NNE of Bucharest, Romania

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-10-06 04:37:20

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-10-06 01:37:20

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 128 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Romania Oct 06 05:10 2.7 87 MAP I Felt It
USGS Nereju, Romania Oct 06 01:37 5.3 135 MAP I Felt It
  • Iasi - habe den erdbeben 1977 erlebt,wünsche nicht nochmals so einen erleben,schrecklich!
  • Cahul - 3rd floor of five-storey block of flats; woken by shaking and rattling of windows; noise; got out of bed and took myself to stronger part of flat; minimal damage noticed around town which cannot necessarily be attributed to earthquake
  • EMSC Romania Oct 06 01:37 5.4 134 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Рыбница, Молдова - 4.36 - 4.37 АМ, длительность секунды 3
  • кировоград - трясло полминуты
  • одесса - Проснулась от крика сестры,она не спала, трусило затяжно. Но ни кошка она спала рядом, ни доски,( в доме ремонт) даже не шолохнулись...
  • Тирасполь - Проснулся от колебаний
  • Тирасполь - Проснулся от вибрации
  • Бендеры - В половине 5 у тра произошло легкое землетрясение
  • Южноукраинск - Я проснулась от тряски
  • Измаил - 5-15 секунд,в 4,30 утра(примерно),
  • измаил - в 4:37
  • Сороки - Почучтвовал лёгкое землетрясение в 04:43 06.10.13
  • Кишинев - довольно сильно и продолжительно трясло! оч боюсь повтора...поэтому не сплю
  • Измаил - ((5-15 секунд,в 4,30 утра(примерно)
  • Измаил - Слегка потрусило секунд 5.
  • Могилев-Подольский - Я просто чувствовал, что кравать слегка дрожит.
  • Сороки - Почучтвовал лёгкое землетрясение в 04:43 06.10.13
  • Украина. Измаил, - Это была ночь с субботы на воскресение, я проснулся в 4.40 утра и мою кровать секунд 5 трясло,тряски были не сильными.
  • Измаил - 5-15 секунд,в 4,30 утра(примерно)
  • Измаил - начал пол вибрировать под ногами!но всех кто спал не проснулись в доме
  • Умань - Проснулся от колебания.
  • Измаил - 5-15 секунд,в 4,30 утра(примерно).Не особо приятное ощущение
  • Кишинев - Живу на 9...трухануло хорошо
  • Кишинев - Продолжительность около 15 секунд.
  • Тирасполь - Проснулся от колебаний и дребезжания люстры.
  • Измаил - В 4:37 довольно ощутимые толчки друг за дружкой с очень маленьким интервалом. В частном доме начала шататься люстра и дребезжали стекла в мебели...
  • Измаил - В 4,36 проснулась от сильной вибрации. Посыпалась посуда. Я на 5 этаже.
  • Одесса ,Украина - проснулся из-за воя собак,сразу понял ,что происходит)18 секунд -длительность
  • Одесса украина - Проснулась от тряски
  • БОЛГРАД - потрусило два раза. при первом толчке проснулись все в доме.от второго посуда в шкафу зазвенела. около минуты трясло
  • Измаил - ощущалась сначала вибрация секунд десять...довольно ощутимый толчок... после этого опять стихающая вибрация...
  • Бендеры - Уважаемые дамы и господа, учитывая мою вчерашнюю охоту на рыб, я с ребятами выпил не мало, приехал домой и лег спать. Так вот в 04:37 утра, когда двухспальная кровать стала шататься как обычная армейская, на железных ножках, я проснулся. Оглядевшись по сторонам и понимая, что я
  • Измаил - жутко было
  • рени - это было очень сильное я проснулась от толчков кровать шатало и люстры ходили ходуном 04.36
  • Одесса - Было страшно.
  • Одесса - страшно было
  • измаил - На 5 этаже нас неплохо покачало и здорово напугало
  • Тирасполь - трясло сервант гремела посуда кошка царапала дверь хотела сбежать
  • Тирасполь - гремела посуда
  • Одесса - 2 серии легких покачиваний. Стучала плохо закрытая дверца шкафа.
  • Черкассы - Скрипели и шатались дверцы от мебели, шаталась высокая подставка с вазонами, шатало на стуле
  • Тирасполь - Люстра болталась еще 3 минуты
  • Николаев - проснулась от того, то трясется кровать
  • Бендеры - Проснулась от того что почувствовала что катаюсь на диване будто на качале
  • Бельцы - Дома тряслось все что только можно, 3 этаж, не припоминаю чтоб трясло так долго и с такой силой. Собаки лаяли всю ночь. Соседи повыбигали на улицу.
  • Измаил - Проснулась от того, что трясется кровать.. Кошка лежала в ногах, и никуда не хотела уходить, я решила - раз животное ведет себя спокойно - значит все будет хорошо, уснула.
  • Старая Некрасовка - когда перестало трусить посмотрела на часы было 04:42.проснулась от легких колебаний, думала приснилось, но нет..толчки повторились и еще сильнее.
  • Измаил - в 4:36 почувствовали первый толчок.Затем последующий - трясло сильно.И после ещё 2 толчка.
  • Смолино,Кировогр.обл - Проснулась от того, что покачивается кровать, длилось секунд 30
  • Balti, Moldova - Хорошо ощутимые колебания малой амплитуды в течение менее 1 минуты. Две волны колебаний примерно равной интенсивности. Между волнами - небольшое затухание колебаний. Все колебания - в горизонтальной плоскости
  • Шумен - Wir wurden geweckt, sonst nichts.
  • GEOFON Romania Oct 06 01:37 5.4 128 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Русе - It passed :)
  • Тирасполь, Молдова - night 6/10/2013
  • Bucharest - The shaking Woke me up
  • Bucharest - Bed started to tilt
  • Cherkasy, Ukraine - I just felt like the floor is slightly shaking. Furnitures didn't shake, just room flowers have been shaking slightly. I was just curious if my feelings lied to me and found this...
  • Buharest - I was sleeping and it shake about 5 secs or more. Light Shaking
  • Cherkasy, Ukraine - I just felt like the floor is slightly shaking. Furnitures didn't shake, just room flowers have been shaking slightly. I was just curious if my feelings lied to me and found this...
  • Bucharest - Quite shacky
  • Bucuresti - 2 tremors, maybe 10-15 seconds apart
  • Cherkasy, Ukraine - I just felt like the floor is slightly shaking. Furnitures didn't shake, just room flowers have been shaking slightly. I was just curious if my feelings lied to me and found this...
  • Cherkasy, Ukraine - I just felt like the floor is slightly shaking.
  • Бендеры - Were light vibration items
  • Ruse, Bulgaria - Shaking of bed and tables etc for about 20 seconds. No damage noticed so far and none is expected. Surely the earthquake would have been felt more at higher floors. I am on the fourth floor.
  • Bucharest - wake me up
  • Русе - It passed :)
  • Smulti - I just weaked up
  • Csíkszereda - Émelygéshez hasonló, vízszintes mozgásokat tapasztaltam (am. 4:30 körül), 3. emeleti lakásban, amelynek időtartama 10" volt.
  • Lasi - Woke me up also
  • Galati (City), Romania - Galati (City), Romania, felt strong shaking. Walls moving, noise of building vibration heard.
  • Calarasi - Lasted only a few seconds, felt strong, but not enough to throw things from shelves.
  • Brasov - Moderate shake
  • Bucharest - Slight jolt to the bef, woke me
  • Bucuresti - strong enough to wake up me
  • Chisinau - Got woken up and started thinking, again, where would be the best place to go if it were more serious.
  • Chisinau - Ma trezit
  • Bucharest - Felt it quite strong in bucharest. It was though short as duration.
  • bucharest - Woke some people. Kids did not feel.
  • Bucharest - The bed moved on the orinzontal
  • Chisinau - I'm new to earthquakes but it was enough to wake me up and send the stray dogs into a spin.
  • Chisinau - Woke me up I'm the middle of the night
  • Bucharest - Very strong shaking more than 5 seconds. Center of Bucharest. Entire bed moving, which woke me up!
  • Bucharest - Some objects fell from shelves, large furniture made noise, 2 doors were swinging. it woke me up. I live on 11th floor, probably I felt it more intense.
  • Chisinau - Трухануло хорошо.
  • constanta romania - s-a simtit tare la c-ta stau la etaj 4 si m-a trezit din somn....nu mai scrieti prostii, mai bine dormiti decat sa fiti idioti.sper sa nu fie mai tare //de ce la tv nu se da nimic ...nu e breaking news acum...nu e nici un canal in direct???
  • Bucuresti - Felt like a window was closed by the wind, but no window was open... :)
  • Varna, Bulgaria - The bed was shaking, woke me up, stopped in line 20 sec, no damages
  • Bucharest - Light shaking. Not enough to make the furniture shake but enough to wake most people up. Two waves tha lasted 5-7 and 7-10 seconds.
  • Izmail - за 5-10 сек услышал непривычный странный гул. довольно сильных пару толчков.
  • Bucharest - woke me up, it was pretty short (seemed like 5-7 second)
  • Chisinau, Moldova - Проснулись среди ночи от толчков.Была заметна тряска мебели
  • popovo bulgaria - trmore pavimento........... mi ha svegliato
  • Lasi - Short but strong earthquake. I was awaken by the S wave(horizontal shake).
  • Bacau - why important earthquake were during the nights ?
  • Bucharest - Short but Strong shake - 5-7 seconds
  • Pipera - Quake felt near north side of Bucharest and points north.
  • Bucharest - Never experienced tremors before but I think that was definitely an earthquake I just felt! Things started shaking moderately and I felt dizzy for about 30 seconds.
  • Bucharest - 4:39. The shake wakes me up
  • B - 2 waves. 4? second interval. people report noise before.
  • Galati - mein erstes mal bin durch das schütteln aufgewacht
  • Bucharest - Never experienced tremors before but I think that was definitely an earthquake I just felt! Things started shaking moderately and I felt dizzy for about 30 seconds.
  • bucarest - la secousse à fait trembler le batiment
  • Veliko Tarnovo - Felt enough here in fourth floor of hotel to know it was an earthquake. Bed vibrating to light shaking.
  • Bucharest - One strong shake, and about 9 seconds of light shake
  • Bucharest - short time earthquake, maybe under 10sec, but stil wake me up
  • Chisinau, Republic of Moldova - Felt some light shakins
  • Bucharest - Never experienced tremors before but I think that was definitely an earthquake I just felt! Things started shaking moderately and I felt dizzy for about 30 seconds.
  • Bucharest - Very strong shaking more than 5 seconds. Center of Bucharest. Entire bed moving, which woke me up!
  • Brasov - felt it strong on 8th floor
  • Bucuresti - shaking/noise woke me up
  • Nikolaev - felt a slight swaying on the ninth floor
  • Bucharest - Bucharest, moderate shaking , wake me up , in sector4 Giurgiului, fifth floor. hi, please , somebody post a site who shows us in real time ,or least few seconds after earthquake
  • Ploiesti - scarry earthquake. it's among the first earthquakes i felt.
  • Bucharest - Felt like a window was closed by the wind, but no window was open... :)
  • bucharest - s-a simtit bine de tot. chiar mi-a placut.
  • Bucharest - Waked up.
  • Bucharest - It woke me up and I jumoed out of bed.
  • constanta - Enough to wake me up
  • Bucharest - The shaking and the noise woke me up and the bird was agitating a lot
  • Silistra - Heard the door opened by itself. Stood up and the shaking started. Maybe around 5-6 seconds.
  • bucharest - Waked me up
  • bucharest - sector 4, fifth floor, short shaking , felt like somebdy came to wake me up. Noise like a strong wind hit thw window
  • Chisinau, Moldova - slight shaking and then one sudden jolt - lasted less than 60 seconds
  • amara - it started with an easy shaking, then become stronger.
  • Iasi - felt like one short minor shake, a stronger one followed by another minor shake, all 3-4 sec top.
  • Focsani - Woke up earlier...Afterward started to search for flashlight and cellphone (nearest to my bed). To wave of shock. Dogs started too bark outside.
  • constanta - Enough to wake me up
  • bucharest - Everything started to shake
  • Bucharest - Woke me up and scared me. I really don't like earthquakes
  • Sfantu Gheorghe - I felt it quite good
  • Bucharest - Woke me up. Pretty short, but relatively strong
  • constanta - M-a trezit vibratia mobilei. S-a terminat pana m-am dezmeticit...
  • Bucharest - scared me
  • Bucharest - I woke up few seconds before it started. It felt like a short stronger 2 seconds orizontal shaking east-west followed by a lighter shake that lasted another 3-4 seconds.
  • Bucharest - 8th floor. Whole bed shook. Strange gurgling noises. 2 short quakes, maybe 5 seconds each, 10 seconds apart. No damage
  • Bucharest - Whole building swayed. Woke us up
  • Kishinev - A ya ne spal v eto vremya poetomu smog horosho pochyuvsvovat' chto i kak bilo.Vnachale poyavilos' nepriyatnoe chyuvsvo chto chtoto doljno sluchisya,naverno instinkt srabotal,a potom posledovali korotkie tolchki
  • Onesti - So far the strongest one I've felt in 18 years in Romania. It even woke my wife up. Light shaking and then a jolt and more light shaking. Probably lasted about 10 seconds total.
  • chisinau, botanica - It lasted for 7 sec.. it begans slowly till it was hard enough to wake me up.
  • Iasi - Enough to wake me up
  • Chisinau, moldova - We woke up because the bed was shaking. We sleep on the second floor
  • Николаев - Тряслась кровать
  • Bucharest - Woke me up during the night with House shaking
  • Bucharest - Woken up by noise of shaking. Lasted very few seconds. Hard to tell exact details as was asleep.
  • bucuresti - Middle of night clear shake
  • Dnipropetrovsk - I felts vibration for several seconds
  • Bucharest - short duration mild shaking -
  • Chisinau, moldova - We woke up because the bed was shaking. We sleep on the second floor
  • Bucharest - Felt like a heavy wind blowing through for few seconds
  • iasi - the entire building was moving in waves for a time.
  • brasov - ben weer gaan slapen..... gr jos - Bedankt om het te melden
  • Chisinau - It woke us up (on the 4th floor).
  • Bucharest - Woke me up strong shaking like a Jack Hammer for a short period 5-10 seconds. Items on dressing table shook. Ground floor sector 1 Bucharest. Odette
  • Chisinau - Woke me up in the middle of the nights
  • Chisina - We woke up when the building was strongly shaking,7th floor, city center.
  • Bucharest - House shook for 3-4 seconds
  • Esztelnek - erzekelheto volt a foldrenges
  • Bucharest - Third floor. Felt like someone shaking my bed east west motion. About ten times. 4.30 am.
  • Bucharest - Bed shaking about ten times about 4 times a second
  • Bucarest - Suffisamment fort pour me réveiller et réaliser que c'était un tremblement de terre. Une secousse seulement a priori.
  • Bucharest - I am on 7th floor and it felt like the building was rocking side to side, quite evenly. Other earthquakes I've felt, I've been on the ground floor and the movement has been much less regular. The building I live in has been deemed likely to fall down in a strong earthquake.
  • Constanta - Definitely woke me up and had me sitting up in my bed waiting for the next one!
  • Ilfov, Bucharest - I was sleeping and woke up with the bed shaking
  • Galati - It started in force an then after 5-10 sec a seccond wave more powerful had stike. It was long aprox 30s
  • Pitesti - Room started shaking
  • Bukarest - Ich bin von Schütteln des Bettes aufgewacht.
  • Bucharest - Felt in Bucharest, woke me up at that time. Lasted 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Bucarest - secteur 1, la secousse m'a réveillée.
  • Pipera - eerste echt voelbare aardbeving sinds 2008 toen ik in Pipera aankwam
  • bucharest - I woke up because of this, it was not a very hard one but the feeling was that the house was shaking. I am on the 6th floor.
  • Pipera, Ilfov, voluntari - I'm deep sleeper, but I woke up, because my bed were shaking a lot, I said earthquake earthquake to my husband, but it finished and I thought I was dreaming. I went back to sleep :))
  • Chișinău - Felt like 6 at five floor
  • Ploiesti - Shook for around 15s. House structures vibrating.
  • chisinau - moderate shaking, we wake up by the shaking,after 5 seconds,it stoped.we knew it was earthquake.
  • braila - i was in my bed and i wok up, i just arrive three days ago from france
  • Bucuresti - Horizontal shake
  • Bucharest - Woke up by unknown sound, weak shaking and sound of some grit falling from the house.
  • Bucuresti - Slept right through it! Never felt a thing but had to choose soooo.....
  • Rașnov - Woke me up because my bed was shaking. Realized that my wardrobe was wobbling and realized it was an earthquake. I'm on the third floor of a pensiune.
  • Bucharest - Very short duration. First heard noise like violent windy weather, windows shaking. Then felt whole room and my bed move. Doors opened in wardrobe and I felt it might fall on me
  • Ploiesti - The earthquake woke me up. I am on the first floor of the Acapulco Hotel and the entire building was shaking.
  • Vaslui - Lasted about a min ..it started slow and increased in intensity.
  • Bucarest - Sector 1 parc herestrau A fait bouger mon lit
  • Bucharest - A shaking, woke at the end of it
  • Constanta - M-a trezit zgomotul mobilierului...cred ca era pe sfarsite insa a fost destul de puternic incat sa ma trezeasca si sa ma puna in alerta....
  • Тирасполь - проснулась от странного низкого гула и вибраций. Трясло, как показалось, секунды три-четыре. Сначала вибрации были более сильные, потом слабее. В другой даже комнате зазвенели колокольчики.
  • Bucharest - It lasts for less than a minute
  • Braila, Romania - a moderate eartquake.
  • Bucharest - I felt it
  • Lasi - Woke up because of the shaking. My first time experiencing a earthquake.
  • Chisinau - 2nf floor room was shaking at about 05:40 - metal clothes hangers in cupboard rattling against each other, chandelier jingling - quite alarming!
  • Bucharest - woke me up from sleep, bed shaking and moving about, lasted 10 seconds?
  • Измаил - на 5 этаже живу,хорошо потрясло,
  • Bucharest - It woke me up, I felt as if somebody else was with me in the room, then I heard suddenly my fengshui making noise.It felt weird.
  • Bucarest - quelques secousses faibles puis une plus forte , tremblement de terre de quelques secondes .
  • Ploesti - Working on a oil drilling rig near ploesti! Strong ground shake for about 10 seconds or so!
  • Bucharest - I woke up and felt my bed shaking for about 20 seconds, then shaking lightly for a couple of minutes afterwards. It took me some time to realise what was happening since I was half asleep!
  • Voluntari, Romania - I was sleeping but has been weken uo as well as my husband. There was no serious consequences but our semi-attached house has been shaked shortly but in a mild way in its whole. Some of the glasses have been slipped several centimeters away
  • Urziceni - It was in the morning, all the walls begins to quake, the lighter in our bedroom begin to swing.
  • Bucharest - Shaking woke me up. In my confusion I thought a cat had jumped on my bed - then remembered we don't have a cat. Didn't seem to last very long after I woke.
  • K?????? - по началу был гул, потом нереально встряхнуло , а вскоре 15-20сек толчки начали стихать( живу в 100 метрах от Дуная
  • Babadag - i was awake already but it woke my wife up. heard rumbleing sounds.
  • Chisinau - Om 4.30 werden mijn vrouw en ik er wakker van
  • Bucharest - Two minutes before the dogs began loud barking and then the bed began to shake east-west direction. I was on the 9th floor of a 10 story building.
  • Chisinau - Wope up like last year with 4.6 one also in Romania, this one was shorter for us (about 10 seconds) but felt more intense than last one. Waited a while for another, then went back to sleep.
  • Bucharest - OMG
  • Odessa, Ukraine - I woke up when my bed was shaking.
  • Gyergyoszentmiklos - Az edenyek zorogtek a szekrenyen kb 1 percig
  • Кишинев - Не понравилось
  • Voluntari - I was woken up by the earthquake and felt my bed shaking. It seems like it shook for 5-10 seconds, but I'm not certain of the length of time given that I was asleep when it started.
  • Bukarest - I woke up at 4:38 and the bed shaked wild for 5 seconds. I was at the hotel ambasador in sector 2. in the 3. floor.
  • Bucharest - Woke up with bed shaking...only about 5 seconds
  • Kostandenets - wonen in BG tussen Ruse en Razgrad , in het dorp Kostandenets en afgelpen nacht omstreeks 4.40 h was gedurende een 5 tal seconden een duidelijke aardbeving voelbaar ..
  • Bukarest, Piata Lahovary - Wieso schüttelst Du das Bett, frage ich - fragt meine Frau. Die Erde bebt, war die Antwort. Danach haben wir wieder geschlafen.
  • Chisinau - Abito al sesto piano e da come oscillavo, pensavo di finire sotto le macerie del palazzo, sono qui da poco più di due settimane e in Italia non ho avuto esperienze di terremoti così violenti anche se abito in Emilia
  • Galati - I was sleeping. At first I supposed it was a vertigo or a dream, but I waked up and felt it quite clearly. I estimate oscillation in the east <> west axis...
  • Bacau - Woke me up, and cracked the wall in our building.Lasted a minute or so
  • Bucharest - woke up from sleep
  • Medgidia - I felt it. A little bit scarry because it was during the night.
  • Bucharest - Back and forth shaking jolted me out of a deep sleep in my hotel room in Bucharest. Shaking was followed by a more gentle back and forth rolling motion.
  • Bucharest - Sector 1, near Herastrau. It woke me up with bed shaking about 10 seconds or more
  • Bucarest - En pleine nuit, révéillée parce que les meubles s'ouvraient et le lit bougeait; les portes fermées de l'appartement se sont ouvertes. Cela a été court mais très sensible
  • Bucharest - Bed was moving and windows rattled
  • Lasi - strong enough to wake me up at 5 AM; some items in the room vibrated enough to generate strong noises.
  • Galati - bed was shaking with me
  • Pipera, Romania - Woke me up it not enough to freak me out. I just turned over and went to sleep...
  • Pipera-Voluntari - the house was shaking for few seconds
  • Brasov - man hat das Erdbeben einige Sekunden gespurt
  • Bucharest - The shaking woke me up. The bed was moving and the house was creaking.
  • Bucuresti - Woke us up, but we did not figure out it was an earth quake
  • Измаил - Трясло не плохо!Проснулась от того что мебель начала дёргаться,а потом кровать!Собака не реагировала ни на что...
  • Iasi - Werd wakker en dacht wat is dat ik heb toch geen massage bestelt in dit hotel :-D leuke ervaring dat maak je niet vaak mee
  • Bukarest - Ich wurde durch ein starkes Schütteln in den frühen Morgenstunden geweckt, das Bett hatte sich ein wenig bewegt. Ich wusste sofort, dass es ein Erdbeben sein musste.
  • Braila - Se sintió leve
  • Cahul en Moldavie - Dimanche 6octobre a 4h18 j ai entendu un bruit sourd suivit d une faible secouse le tout pendant 30 a40 secondes qui a entraîné une coupure de courant
  • Chisinau/Moldova - Wir wohnen in einem neuem Hochhaus im Centrum von Chisinau. Das Haus hat hat ca 10-15 sec gerüttelt.Starke Vibrationen in den Schränken.Ansonsten keine Schäden zum Glück.
  • Bucharest - I was sleepy at 4:37 AM Sunday morning (Romania Hour).
  • Bukareszt - Trzesienie ziemi obudziło mnie o 4.02.
  • Bucarest - Sensation du lit qui se balance, portes coulissantes du placards qui s'entrechoquent.
  • Cernavoda - en voyage et de passage seulement, cela m'a réveillé et j'ai senti le lit vibrer, je n'ai pas cru à un tremblement de terre au début j'ai tout de suite pensé à la centrale nucléaire et à des conséquences négatives qu'il aurait pu engendrer
  • Bukarest - Erste Urlaubsnacht in Rumänien: aus einem Wohlfühltraum hochgeschreckt durch stärkeres Schütteln des Bettes u des Hotelzimmers. Grummeln hörbar, wodurch nicht zuordbar. Ähnlich Turbulenzen im Flieger. Alarmanlage ging los, ein Vogelschwarm flog nach dem Beben über den nächtlichen Himmel, Hunde bellten noch ca. 20 Min. Dann totale Ruhe.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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