Focșani is the capital city of Vrancea County in Romania on the shores the Milcov River, in the historical region of Moldavia. It has a population (as of 2011) of 79,315.

Coat of arms

Focșani’s location on the Milcov (the river that divided Wallachia and Moldavia) inspired the design of its coat of arms, which depicts the handshake of two women personifying both principalities as a symbol of the union, with the motto “Unirea face puterea” (“Unity makes strength”).

Seismic danger

The territory of Vrancea corresponds to the most seismically active zone of Romania.

The earthquakes with the epicenter in Vrancea are caused by the movements of the nearby fault blocks. Devastating earthquakes with 7 to 8 Richter have been recorded on the 8th of October 1620, 13 May 1738 and 28 January 1838.


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