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November 2, 2013

Vintage Photos From the Bucharest Earthquake of 1977

At 21:22, on the evening of March 4, 1977, Bucharest was hit by an earthquake measuring a whopping 7.3 on the Richter scale. It lasted for almost a minute, during which time almost every building in the Romanian capital shook wildly. More than 1,500 people were killed by the quake, including a number of celebrities, most notably comedian Toma Caragiu, at the time the most popular actor in the country.

The earthquake – the epicentre of which was in Vrancea – was felt across the whole Balkan peninsula. The Bulgarian town of Svistov was badly affected, with three blocks of flats collapsing there: more than 100 people were killed. In Romania, it was not just Bucharest that suffered: the town of Zimnicea on the Danube was almost totally destroyed, and countrywide, more than 11,500 people were injured, and 35,000 homes destroyed.

(via In Your Pocket)


  1. Man I was so much hoping that some day you will post something consistent about my country, Romania :)) I saw you posting a lot about Greece, Serbia, but very few of Romania :)) I have been watching your blog for over a year now, I like what you post :) Old pictures are keys to the past. I have no idea how do you find so much vintage photos and where do you get the info from :)) but I really like it, and I will keep hoping that you will further post pictures about Romania, or the Balkans in general :) Have a nice day sir.

  2. Thanks for posting this and good job with the site!

  3. The fourth one is from Brasov not Bucharest.




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