Two more quakes jolt Quang Nam Province

Early on Monday morning, two more earthquakes shook houses and caused panic among residents in Bac Tra My District in the central province of Quang Nam, said Dang Phong, chairman of the District People’s Committee.

Experts from the Ministry of Science and Technology survey the earthquake belt in Quang Nam Province (Photo: laodong)

The first quake of mild intensity occurred at 0.37am followed by a stronger one at 5am.

The two earthquakes did not cause damage to lives or property but caused enough panic among local residents, who have been living in fear of recurring earthquakes, now happening much more frequently.

Dinh Van Thu, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee in Quang Nam Province has sent a report to the Prime Minister and related ministries and central departments on the two earthquakes that occurred on Monday.

The People’s Committee in Quang Nam Province has instructed local authorities in Bac Tra My, Nam Tra My, Tien Phuoc, Hiep Duc and Phuoc Son Districts to move quickly to assist residents repair cracks in their houses and spread awareness of prevention measures that locals can undertake to minimize damage from future earthquakes.

District authorities should also inform residents on measures that the province is implementing to deal with the earthquakes to set their minds at rest.

On the other hand, the provincial People’s Committee has requested the Prime Minister to have the safety of Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant examined, including water accumulation at the plant’s reservoir during the stormy season each year.

The province also requested the Prime Minister to instruct the Ministry of Science and Technology to immediately conduct a study of the recurring earthquakes in Bac Tra My District and surrounding areas and install an earthquake observation system in the district.

The Institute of Science and Technology and authorized organs should be asked to issue a conclusive report on the status of the recurring earthquakes in the province. Also, Vietnam Electricity must implement measures to cope with flooding in the lower lying areas below the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant, in event of a dam breach.

By Nguyen Khoi – Translated by Hai Mien

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