Investigating the Impacts of Earthquakes on Ethnic and Religious Groups: Bucharest, Romania Public
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Bucharest, the capital of Romania, experiences a major earthquake every 30-80 years, with the most recent in 1977. Through archival research and interviews with earthquake survivors and experts from Romania, Croatia, Albania, and the United States, this project aimed to explore correlations between social identity and earthquake preparedness in Bucharest. Our results indicate that Bucharest is extremely vulnerable in comparison to other countries. Interviews revealed limitations of Bucharest’s earthquake preparedness, specifically the government's lack of building assessment and citizens’ deep-rooted mistrust due to communist era policies. Despite these challenges to preparedness, NGOs have begun to make progress to improve citizens’ awareness and Bucharest’s disaster response efforts.
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