4.8-earthquake hits Romania

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck Romania on Thursday, though no victims or casualties were reported, the National Institute for Earth Physics said.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at 8:15 local time (0615 GMT), was in the Vrancea region, in the east of Romania.

The quake struck at a depth of 140 kilometres and tremors were felt in the capital Bucharest.

Romania is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in Europe, with its Vrancea region lying at the intersection of three tectonic plates.

In 1977, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Vrancea and left more than 1,500 people dead.

 

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