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Major mag. 7.2 earthquake - Vrancea Earthquake, Central Romania, on 31 Aug 1986 00:28

Major mag. 7.2 earthquake  - Vrancea Earthquake, Central Romania, on 31 Aug 1986 00:28Deadliest quake worldwide during 1986
Central Romania was hit by a large magnitude 7.2 earthquake on August 30 at 21:28 UTC or 00:28 local time.
The so-called 1986 Vrancea earthquake killed more than 150 people, injured over 500, and damaged over 50,000 homes, making it the deadliest quake in the world during 1986. It was felt in vast parts of Europe, from Poland to Italy and Greece.
The Vrancea earthquake was the 3rd largest ever to registered in Romania, after the massive 7.8 quake on 10 Nov 1940 and a 7.5 quake on 04 Mar 1977.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 1986-08-30 09:28:35 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 31 Aug 1986 00:28
Magnitude: 7.2
Depth: 132.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 45.547°N / 26.316°E (Romania)
Nearest volcano: Ciomadul (73 km / 45 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
7 km (5 mi) NE of Cașoca (pop: 1,100)
9 km (5 mi) NE of Mușcelușa (pop: 600)
9 km (5 mi) NE of Lunca Jariștei (pop: 1,200)
56 km (35 mi) E of Braşov (pop: 276,100)
125 km (78 mi) N of Bucharest (pop: 1,877,200)
136 km (84 mi) W of Galaţi (pop: 294,100)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1015 joules (1106 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 9.5 x 105 tons of TNT or 59.5 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
1986-08-30 21:28:35 UTC
31 Aug 1986 00:28
M 7.2 / 132.3 kmVrancea Earthquake, Central RomaniaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 7.2 quake Vrancea Earthquake, Central Romania, 31 Aug 1986 00:28

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (26 quakes):
  • 20 Mar 1988 04:08 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    117 km (72.7 mi) depth
    |
    41 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jan 1988 16:50 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    136 km (84.5 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (2 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Jan 1988 10:21 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    158.7 km (98.6 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Oct 1987 19:20 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    130.1 km (80.8 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (19 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Oct 1987 16:09 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    158.5 km (98.5 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Sep 1987 07:55 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    144.1 km (89.5 mi) depth
    |
    38 km (23 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Sep 1987 09:58 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    169.3 km (105.2 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Sep 1987 01:40 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    161.3 km (100.2 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Jul 1987 02:18 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    40.2 km (25 mi) depth
    |
    101 km (63 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Jun 1987 05:42 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    163 km (101.3 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 May 1987 08:56 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    145.4 km (90.3 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Mar 1987 03:41 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    83.7 km (52 mi) depth
    |
    41 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Mar 1987 16:41 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    150.4 km (93.5 mi) depth
    |
    36 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Mar 1987 03:01 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    168.9 km (104.9 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 18 Mar 1987 17:55 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    117.8 km (73.2 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Feb 1987 17:24 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    157.2 km (97.7 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (2 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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Major mag. 7.2 earthquake - Vrancea Earthquake, Central Romania, on 31 Aug 1986 00:28
 

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