Minor quake hits Southeast Romania, no damage

BUCHAREST, Jul 16, 2000 -- (Reuters) A minor earthquake measuring 3.6 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale hit southeast Romania on Saturday, but no injuries or damage were reported, the Earth Physics Institute said.

The tremor struck the Vrancea county at 11:42 a.m. (0842 GMT). Quakes centered in Vrancea, 250 km (160 miles) northeast of the capital, are common in Romania. Most of them are minor, but in March 1997 over 1,500 people died in Bucharest in a quake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale.

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