The Vulnerable City

Were an earthquake of 7.5 on the moment magnitude scale (Mw) to hit Bucharest at night, it would do so while more than 450,000 people were sleeping in buildings with a medium to high risk of sustaining serious damage or totally collapsing. At least 6500 people would die instantly, and more than 16,000 would be… Continue reading The Vulnerable City

Sleeping With Sirens

Towns and cities across Romania have been testing their Cold War-era emergency/air raid sirens this morning. Most people (including us) heard absolutely nothing. Instead of being woken up by the impending doom of Russian nuclear weapons we slept through the whole thing, as did the Bucharest Life kids. A quick glance at Romanian social media… Continue reading Sleeping With Sirens

Earthquake!

Bucharest city council last week made public the latest list of buildings most at risk in the event of a major earthquake hitting the city. You can view it here. We would suggest that any readers living in one of these blocks keep calm and move immediately. It’s been the best part of four decades… Continue reading Earthquake!