Bucharest Romania
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Bucharest, Romania

January 20, 2006
This is a Landsat thematic mapper image of Bucharest, Romania, in 2004.

Until recently, the regions surrounding Bucharest were largely rural, but after 1989, new suburbs started to be built, in an area well renowned for its natural beauty and the fertility of its land. The region where Bucharest lies was in fact once covered by the Vlãsiei forest, which, after it was cleared, gave way to a fertile flatland.

A Magnitude 7.4 (Richter scale) earthquake hit Bucharest on 4 March 1977, 21:20 local time. The seismic event claimed 1,500 lives and destroyed many old buildings. It was a relatively deep earthquake, with an ipocenter of about 94 kilometers which explains why it was clearly felt throughout the Balkans.

In Bucharest only about 33 large buildings collapsed. After the earthquake, the Romanian government imposed tougher standards for the building construction.

After the year 2000, due to the advent of Romania's economic boom, the city has modernized and many historical areas have been restored to their former glory.

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: Landsat
  • Instrument: Thematic Mapper
  • Acquisition: 12-Sep-2004
  • Center coordinates: lat. 44.43, lon. 26.12

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