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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/14/S05.045

ROMANIAN SEISMIC NETWORK: FROM EARTHQUAKE MONITORING TO ITS ROLE IN DECISION MAKING

B. Grecu, D. Toma-Danila, D. Tataru, C. Ionescu, A. Danet
Monday 11 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-00-3 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 14, 357-364 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/14/S05.045

ABSTRACT

Earthquakes represent a real threat in Romania. They can cause important damages, loss of lives, socio-economic as well as cultural losses. The National Institute for Earth Physics (NIEP) is the only governmental organization responsible for monitoring the seismic activity on Romania’s territory. NIEP provides different kind of information minutes to hours after the occurrence of a significant earthquake in Romania: near realtime information (location, depth and magnitude), ground shaking parameters and maps with the intensity of the shaking, post-event parameters, reports and macroseismic intensities. To issue such information, NIEP has been developing since 1980 one of the largest seismic networks in Europe, the Romanian Seismic Network (RSN). At present, RSN consists of 115 seismic stations equipped with velocity and accelerometer sensors and two seismic arrays. The increase of the density of the stations within RSN in the last decade led to a significant increase of the number of seismic events detected and located in Romania. RSN also provides valuable information for emergency managers in case of earthquake disaster, as it can provide rapid initial estimates and updated estimates of the location and extend of damage.

Keywords: seismic network, seismic monitoring, ShakeMap, decision making