Romania has one of the highest seismic‐hazard levels in Europe. The recent study by Pavel et al. (2016) shows that around two‐thirds of the country (over 150,000  km2) has an expected peak ground acceleration in excess of 0.2g (value with 10% probability of exceedance in 50 years). In this article, the possible impact and the institutional response in the event of a future large earthquake are discussed in the light of a several recent events and studies.

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Romania is mainly affected by earthquakes occurring in the Vrancea intermediate‐depth seismic source. Nevertheless, large magnitude crustal earthquakes can occur...

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