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seismic monitoring in romania an overview of romanian network

Seismic monitoring in Romania, an overview of Romanian Network

C. Neagoe, L.M. Manea and C. Ionescu

National Institute for Earth Physics, Magurele-Ilfov, Romania

November 2012 Istanbul, Turkey



In February 1977, the Department of Seismology from the Romanian Geophysical and Geological Institute (GGI) together with the Laboratory of Geodynamics of the Romanian Academy formed the Centre of the Earth Physics (CEP). In 1994, after a governmental decision, CEP was transformed in the National Institute for Earth Physics (NIEP). NIEP is coordinated by the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport.


(1) Laboratory of Seismological Research

(2) Laboratory of Romanian Seismic Network for Seismic Survey

(3) National Data Centre (NDC)

(4) Laboratory of Structure and Dynamics of the Lithosphere

(5) Laboratory of Engineering Seismology

(6) Compartment for Magnetotelluric and Bioseismic Studies

(7) Financial Office

(8) Technical-administrative Service and Work Protection

(9) Compartment for technological transfer

(10) Marketing Compartment

(11) Compartment for Internal Audit and Financial Control

(12) Compartment of personnel, dissemination of information, public relation and mass-media



Research Tasks

seismic source and seismotectonics

seismic hazard assessment

site effects and microzonation

lithosphere structure and dynamics

earthquake prediction

assessment and mitigation of seismic risk

Romania's Technical Participation to global seismological monitoring in support of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

National Institute


Earth Physics

Seismic Survey of Romania


National Seismic Network

Operation and Maintenance

Advanced Seismic Data Collection

Management System

robust real-time data acquisition techniques

reliable communications links

rapid processing and exchange of earthquake information creating and handling of large data sets

compilation of bulletins and earthquake catalogues


Romanian Seismic Stations

Real Time Seismic Network

  • 52 BB sensors
  • 45 SP sensors

- Mark l4c

- Mark l22

- S13

- Ranger

- gs21

  • Sts2
  • Cmg3esp
  • Cmg40t
  • Cmg3t
  • Ks2000

Strong Motion Stations

  • 102 episensors

Romanian Seismic Stations

Seismic and Strong Motion Stations in Bucharest area

- 23 strong motion stations

- 9 real-time seismic stations, installed in the same locations as correspondent strong motion stations (CIOR, BSTR, BTMR, BVCR, INCR, CNCR, BAPR, BUC and BUC1)



- Medium aperture array, consisting of 10 seismic stations located in boreholes and distributed over a 5 km2 area: 9 elements equipped with short-period (SP) vertical sensors (GS-21) and one station equipped with broad-band (BB) three component sensor (KS 54000)

- New elements added: 3 broad-band (BB) sensor at BUR01, BUR02 and BUR05 and one strong motion (episensor) at BUR01

- New locations: BUR32 and BUR33 equipped with broad-band (BB) sensors.


Plostina Array

Plostina infrasound

Plostina Observatory

· Consists of a seismic array with 6 elements distributed within an 2.5 km aperture (PLOR1, PLOR2, PLOR3, PLOR4, PLOR5 and PLOR6) and an 6 site infrasound array (IPL2, IPL3, IPL4, IPH4, IPH5 and IPH6)

·  In addition, sites 2, 3 and 4 are equipped with electrometers and three-component fluxgate sensors

·  The collected data are continuously recorded and real-time transmitted to the Romanian National Data Centre, in Bucharest


Data is transmitted trough: - dedicated lines

- gprs connections

- internet connections



Automatic processing

- P-wave picking

- event association

- event localization

- computation of magnitude

- sending e-mail / SMS alerts

Manual processing

- phase picking

- event association

- computation of magnitude

- creation of database

- sending reports/ bulletins


Data Exchange

Real Time Romania Seismic Network in the framework of Virtual European Broadband Seismic Network (VEBSN)

Data from all real-time national seismic network stations and from several European stations: VTS (Bulgaria), MORC, VRAC (Czech Republic), APE (Greece), PSZ, PKSM (Hungary), AQU (Italy), KIV (Russia) and ANTO, MALT, ISP (Turkey) are send to the Romania Data Center (RO NDC).


RO_NDC Products

  • The NDC has developed tools to make information available across the internet.
  • Acts like a hub between antelope database to mysql database.
  • Send notification (SMS and email) based on the parameter of an earthquake.

RO_NDC Products

Community Internet Intensity Map


RO_NDC Products

Intensity Shakemap


Ro-NDC Facilities

FacilitiesatDobrogeaObservatory Data Center

Facilities at National Data Center - Bucharest