The Seismogenic Sources from the West and South-West of Romania

  • E. Oros
  • M. Popa
  • M. Diaconescu
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Natural Hazards book series (SPRINGERNAT)


The study region is the most important seismic region of Romania when we refer to the crustal seismicity as a source of seismic hazard. So far there have been recorded 91 seismic events that produced significant effect in buildings (Io ≥ 6 EMS), some of them resulting in severe damage and even casualties (Io ≥ 7 EMS). In this paper we modelled the seismogenic sources in the region using a new seismotectonic model constructed on new earthquakes and focal mechanisms catalogues basis. This model was elaborated starting from the relationship between geology and historical and instrumental seismicity and then it was better constrained by geophysical, neotectonic, geodetic data and particularly by active stress field features. The stress tensor parameters and the stress regime have been determined by formal inversion of the focal mechanisms solutions. Our study provides evidence of at least seven different deformation domains with different tectonic regimes as a realistic support for assessing the seismogenic potential of the geological structures. Each seismogenic source is characterized by completeness magnitude (Mcomp), maximum probable magnitude (Mmax) and magnitude—recurrence parameters. The probabilistic hazard maps produced in terms of PGA using the new seismic sources highlights the importance of their configuration on the hazard parameter values and their spatial distribution.


Seismogenic sources Seismotectonics Seismicity Mmax Stress field 



This paper was carried out within Nucleu Program supported by ANCSI, partly the Project 30°N/27.02.2009/PN 09 30–01 06 and partly Project PN 16 35 01 05 and PN 16 35 01 12.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Earth PhysicsMagureleRomania

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