Strong M5.6 earthquake shakes Romania


A strong M5.6 earthquake hit near Focșani in eastern Romania on December 28, 2016.

Shaking were felt as far away as the capital Bucharest and in nearby countries, including Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine.

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A strong M5.6 earthquake hit Romania on December 28 2016.

The earthquake hit at 1:20 a.m. local time on Wednesday at a depth of about 81 kilometers. It was centered about 11 kilometers northeast of Nereju in Vrancea County, or 47 kilometers east of Focşani and 140 kilometers northeast of Bucharest, according to USGS.

Shaking was felt across a large region and many people said the earthquake was strong enough to wake them up.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The earthquake was pretty long and strong according to a resident in Galați, which is about 117 kilometers from the earthquake’s epicenter. Two residents in Bucharest described the quake as two clear jolts that were felt about 20 seconds apart.

Computer models from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that more than 10.1 million people across the region may have felt the earthquake. “There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage,” the USGS said in its assessment.

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