45 years since the 1977 earthquake – Lessons learned?!


Online Event, 3 March 2022, 18:00 – 20:00

On 4 March 1977, at 21:21 on a Friday evening, an earthquake with a magnitude Mw of 7.4 occurred in the Vrancea area, at a depth of 94 km. The damage caused by this earthquake was the worst in Romania’s history – 1578 people lost their lives, 90% of them in Bucharest.

45 years after the earthquake, Prof. Dr. Mircea Radulian, Dr. Mihaela Popa and Dr. Dragoș Toma-Dănilă (scientific researchers at the National Institute for Research and Development in Earth Physics) together with Dr. Doru Delion (Vice-President of the Academy of Romanian Scientists) invite you and their guests to a discussion on the context and lessons provided in the field of seismology and earthquake engineering. On this occasion, the mini-documentary “The earthquake of 4 March 1977” will be launched, as well as the application “Seismic risk of Bucharest”. The topics of discussion will refer to:

  • Seismic records since 1977, development of seismic networks and ways to exploit the data;
  • level of understanding of the Vrancea seismic zone;
  • the level of damage in Bucharest and the rest of the country;
  • evolution of seismic design codes;
  • hazard and seismic risk today;
  • ways to reduce seismic risk.

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The event will also be broadcast live on INCDFP YouTube channel :
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18:00 – 18:10 – Keynote speech: INCDFP, AOSR
18:10 – 18:40 – Premiere screening of the documentary “The earthquake of 4 March 1977”
18:40 – 19:30 – Special guests, remembering the 1977 earthquake, its implications and prospects for seismic risk reduction
19:30 – 20:00 – Questions and comments from the audience

Event poster 45 years after the 1977 earthquake