Saturday Quake Brings Grim Memories of 1977 Vrancea Shocks
The latest earthquake in Bulgaria Saturday night is a grim reminiscence of March 4, 1977 when a strong earthquake brought mass destruction in northern Bulgaria.
The epicenter was the same - Romania's mountainous area of Vrancea, home to a major fault line that has seen dozens of quakes in recent years.
The 1977 7.6-magnitude quake killed more than 1,000 people in the Vrancea area when dozens of buildings collapsed.
In Bulgaria, the Danube town of Svishtov suffered the most damage when two apartment buildings collapsed, killing 120 people. Buildings in many other northern cities and towns also suffered significant damage.
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It is maybe also interesting to know for readers, that Bulgaria plans to build a nuclear power station near Belene, 13 km birdflight from site that was most damaged in Svishtov in 1977. Bad idea and yesterday evening was an important warning.