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Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 164, Issue 5, pp 929–939 | Cite as

Rapid Earthquake Information for Bucharest

  • Friedemann WenzelEmail author
  • Gheorge Marmuraenu
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Abstract

Advances in sensor techniques, digital acquisition, communication and computing allowed establishment of the field of real-time seismology (Kanamori et al., 1997) and the design of earthquake information systems that provide rapid information on ground motion and potential damage in an area for which a ground motion estimation data base is available and where the inventory of buildings and infrastructure and its vulnerability to shaking is known. We discuss a system for the Romanian capital of Bucharest, where an early warning system with about 30 seconds lead time, shake maps and a sophisticated damage estimation tool for Bucharest have been developed in the frame of the Collaborative Research Center on Strong Earthquakes (http://www-sfb461.physik.uni-karlsruhe.de/).

Keywords

Earthquakes early warning information systems disaster management risk reduction 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geophysical InstituteKarlsruhe UniversityKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.National Institute for Earth PhysicsBucharest-Magurele

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