Earthquake shakes Vietnam-Laos border

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck Quang Binh central province near the border between Vietnam and Laos Monday but its effect was also felt in neighboring provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh.

The tremor hit Rao Nay fault zone in the province at 15:56pm (Hanoi time) at 18.69o North latitude and 104.85o East longitude, with the epicenter being 17 km underground, according to the Institute of Geophysics.

The tremor was widely felt by those living and working in high-rise buildings in Vinh city in Nghe An province.

On the 15th floor of Tecco building in Quang Trung Ward, Vinh city, some people were in panic after finding glasses on the table shaking.

“The tremor happened in a very short time. First, I just thought the glasses were blown by strong winds. I then realized what was really happening after people shouted ‘earthquake, earthquake’ in panic,” a resident in Tecco building was quoted by VnExpress as saying.

Previously, on November 30, a 4.1M earthquake also hit an area near the border between Laos and Vietnam.

According to local experts, Rao Nay fault zone can cause a M6 earthquake at maximum


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