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PostSubject: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:25 pm

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String of mild earthquakes hits Bulgaria

Sofia echo Wed, Oct 28 2009

A series of mild earthquakes were felt in Bulgaria, starting at 12.21pm on October 28 2009, Bulgarian news agency BTA said.

Scientists from the Seismological Center and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Institute of Geophysics triangulated the tremor at about 245km south-east of the capital city, Sofia.

The earthquake was 3.2 on the Richter scale, near Toundja municipality in the Yambol region, the Civil Protection National Service said.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) confirmed that a 3.1-magnitude tremor epicentred 57km south-east of the town of Stara Zagora, was felt, causing no damage or injuries.

The follow-up to the tremor was slightly stronger, 3.2-magnitude, pinpointed at 10km underground, this time 54 km south-east of Stara Zagora.

The last jolt was a mild 2.8-magnitude at 1pm about 57km north-west of the Turkish city of Edirne, and 26km west of the Bulgarian town of Elhovo,

According to initial reports, there were no casualties from the tremors. There are also no reports of residential structural damage or damage to infrastructure.

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Wed May 23, 2012 9:17 am

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3 New Aftershocks Rattle Western Bulgaria

Three new aftershocks have been registered after 9 pm Tuesday in Bulgaria's western city of Pernik.

The news was reported by the largest private TV channel bTV.

The tremors had a magnitude of about 2.0 on the Richter scale and were registered at 10:55 pm, 11:55 pm and 5 am Wednesday morning.

Seismologist Prof. Nikola Milushev, Director of the Geophysics Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, speaking for bTV informed that the strongest and fist shock that struck at 2:58 am Tuesday, May 22, was measured by his Bulgarian colleagues at 5.8 on the Richter scale and this was the most viable one, compared to the 5.6 of European experts, and 6.2 of the ones in neighbouring Serbia and Romania.

The epicentre of the strongest earthquake to hit Bulgaria in the last 100 years is located about 6 km from Pernik and is at a shallow depth, making the shocks felt even stronger.

Despite the strong shock, there are no reported casualties, no serious injuries and no significant national infrastructure damage.


A strong storm has hit Sofia

A strong storm has hit Sofia and Western Bulgaria just hours after the major earthquake that rattled the same region.

Strong gusts of wind, hail, and torrential rain were registered in the Bulgarian capital Tuesday afternoon, after amidst continuing aftershocks from the 2:58 am earthquake that hit Sofia and the city of Pernik with a magnitude of 5.8-5.9.

The torrential rains in Sofia brought the traffic to a halt in many parts of the city. In the western city of Kyustendil, the storm knocked down 11 trees, the Kyustendil District Governor Vladislav Stoykov announced.

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Fri May 25, 2012 8:18 am

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Bulgaria Authorities Issue 'What to Do during Earthquakes' Instructions

The Bulgarian police and national seismology survey agency have issued official instructions following the strong earthquake that rattled Bulgaria Tuesday, sending multiple aftershocks.

Here you can read the English translation of the instructions, as published by the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior in consultation with National Institute in Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

During a seismically calm period:

You must have prepared in an appropriate place at home a portable electric light, bag for documents and particularly valuable objects, a small bag of needed medicines, a piece of warm clothing for everyone and a reserve of some food and water.

Fit furniture at home firmly and do not leave heavy and easily falling objects at high places.

Keep flamable substances in firmly closed containers.

Keep the exit to your home open, do not jam it with belongings.

Look and determine which the safest place in your home is. Keep in mind that during an earthquake, the most dangerous places are balconies, external walls, stairwells and elevators.

Prepare a plan for the way your family is going to act.

Determine a person to contact the members of your family, who resides in a different region from you.

When you feel the first quake:

You ought not to leave the building in which you are;
leave it only if you judge that you can be in the open in about 10 seconds.

Go the the safets place in the building - under the door, close to an internal wall, column, or under a solid table or bed.

After the first vibrations, shaking will increase. Keep calm and do not run towards stairs and elevators.

If you are on the street, keep away from buildings and transmission lines and poles.

If the earthquake surprises you while driving, stop in an open and safe place and wait.

If in the public transportation, it is better to wait for the end of the quake inside the vehicle.

After the end of the first quake:

Turn off electricity, gas and water.

Take your prepared emergency luggage and quickly leave the building.

Go down the stairs - do not use the elevator.

Let mothers with children and elderly people go first.

After going out of the building, go away to some open place, at least at a distance equal to the height of the closest building.

Do not stand below electricity transmission or any other types of lines.

Offer emergency help, if somebody around is injured.

Mark places in which there are people left beneath the rubble. Help, if that is possible.

Follow up information published by media, in particular local radio stations. Follow instructions by the fire department, police, and other competent organs. Preserve public order.

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Fri May 25, 2012 8:50 am

Flipping eck !!
if they are publishing this ..is it because they are expecting a biggy ???
makes sense when read but also made my stomach turn too !
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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Fri May 25, 2012 12:17 pm

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Flipping eck !!
if they are publishing this ..is it because they are expecting a biggy ???
makes sense when read but also made my stomach turn too !


You could be right it is very worrying and I don't know if others in BG have noticed but over the past few years we seem to get more of the and bigger ones so yes maybe they know something we don't but that's BG for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Fri May 25, 2012 7:23 pm

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All Buildings to Have Seismic Passports by 2016 – Bulgarian Regional Devt Minister

Large buildings in Bulgaria are to have technical passports by 2014 and all other buildings by 2016, according to Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova.

In a Friday interview for private TV channel bTV, she said that the step was aimed at assessing the buildings' seismic resistance.

Pavlova noted that the procedure would take no more than a month.

Bulgaria's Regional Development Minister explained that the technical assessment would cost BGN 3 – 4 per square meter and was to be carried out by the floor property owners.

She reminded that buildings had been built according to projects specifying their seismic resistance but they had to be properly maintained.

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If load-bearing walls have been removed from the buildings, this has altered their conditions of use and has changed their initial characteristics,"
she added.

Pavlova said that the failure to get a building's passport would be considered a breach of law and recommended that insurances also be made obligatory.

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Under current regulations, all public buildings must be insured, while for private property it is highly recommendable,"
the Regional Development Minister stated.

The statement comes after several days of increased seismic activity in Bulgaria's capital and the southwestern city of Pernik .

A 5.8-5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the western parts of the country in the small hours of Tuesday, with numerous aftershocks continuing to strike the area.

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Sat May 26, 2012 12:00 am

The tremors range for a magnitude of about 2.0 to 2.5 on the Richter scale which according to google research are too small to be felt by most people

How Are Earthquake Magnitudes Measured?

The Richter Scale Charles Richter studying a seismogram.


The magnitude of most earthquakes is measured on the Richter scale, invented by Charles F. Richter in 1934. The Richter magnitude is calculated from the amplitude of the largest seismic wave recorded for the earthquake, no matter what type of wave was the strongest.

The Richter magnitudes are based on a logarithmic scale (base 10). What this means is that for each whole number you go up on the Richter scale, the amplitude of the ground motion recorded by a seismograph goes up ten times. Using this scale, a magnitude 5 earthquake would result in ten times the level of ground shaking as a magnitude 4 earthquake (and 32 times as much energy would be released). To give you an idea how these numbers can add up, think of it in terms of the energy released by explosives: a magnitude 1 seismic wave releases as much energy as blowing up 6 ounces of TNT. A magnitude 8 earthquake releases as much energy as detonating 6 million tons of TNT. Pretty impressive, huh? Fortunately, most of the earthquakes that occur each year are magnitude 2.5 or less, too small to be felt by most people.

:Morning:so I guess if we BG stays under a 3 they will hardly feel the earth move. s

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Sat May 26, 2012 8:02 am

Your right Bernie but the epicenter of the last one was 5.8

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Sat May 26, 2012 10:20 am

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Your right Bernie but the epicenter of the last one was 5.8

oh ahhhhhhh blyme Ash brings a new meaning to 'did the earth move for you'

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Sat May 26, 2012 10:22 am

Not for a long time now

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Sat May 26, 2012 11:54 am

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Over 400 Aftershocks Rattle Western Bulgaria in 4 Days

Over 400 aftershocks have been registered in Bulgaria since the strong May 22 earthquake, according to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The total number includes numerous mini-aftershocks that have occurred in the region of Pernik in Western Bulgaria since the 5.8-6.0-magnitude earthquake that scared Pernik and Sofia five days ago, the Geophysics Institute of BAS said Saturday.

The last aftershock, an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.3 on the Richter Scale, shook Bulgaria's Pernik District Saturday morning.

The epicenter of the aftershock, which occurred at 8:49 am on Saturday, was 32 km south west of Sofia, near the town of Radomir, according to the Geophysics Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Meanwhile, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter Scale has been registered in Romania early Saturday morning, and has also been felt in Bulgaria

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Tue May 29, 2012 10:32 am

I think these earthquakes are the reason for the bad weather we are getting we seem to have so much rain which I can't remember having at this time of year. Or is it the weather that brings the earthquakes?
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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:05 pm

We have just returned from Bulgaria we were 15 miles from the epicentre of the first one in Pernik on the 22nd may although it was still registered as 5.6 in our village. It happened at three in the morning and scared the life out of us after the initial quake we had four after shocks each one measured 2.9. In total we had 3 quakes while we were there. Watching the local news it did a lot of damage to buildings and roads but thankfully no one was badly hurt. A lot of people refused to go back indoors and slept in their cars or in the open. Since we have been back there have been two more but less intense than the original so hopefully that is the end of them.


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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:46 pm

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New Quake Rattles Bulgaria's Pernik Region

A new earthquake with a magnitude of 3.1 points on the Richter scale has been registered in western Bulgaria, in the area of the city of Pernik, Saturday morning.

According to the National Institute in Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography, at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, the latest quake happened at 7:51 am and had an epicenter of a depth of 8 km. The epicenter is located 28 km west of the capital Sofia, 4 km west of Pernik and 1 km north of the village of Batanovtsi.

The quake has also been registered by the European Seismology Center.

The shock was not felt on ground floors, just on higher ones. Some residents of Batanovtsi and Pernik have left their homes in a panic, still terrified by the 5.8 tremor that rattled the Pernik region on May 22.

There are no reports of casualties or damage.

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:19 am

These earthquates are happening so often now. Thankfully nobody was hurt Angel

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PostSubject: Re: Earthquake hits Bulgaria   Sun Jun 17, 2012 6:32 pm

We live in very uncertain times Berni and our planet isn't very happy with the way in which we have treated it.
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