Quake station is ready to rumble
QUANG NAM (VNS)— Central Quang Nam Province's first earthquake observation station was put into operation yesterday in an area close to the Song Tranh 2 Dam, which has been hit by more than 20 tremors and quakes since the start of last month.
The station will track and record the details of local quakes, which it will transmit to the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre of the Institute of Geophysics in Ha Noi.
The centre in the capital will be responsible for giving regular quake warnings to local people.
The station is one in a network of five. The others are planned to be built in the Song Tranh 2 Dam area and neighbouring communes.
Dr. Nguyen Xuan Anh, director of the Institute, said the entire network would be operational by the end of this month.
Experts say that these stations will provide research and exact information regarding the development of earthquakes in the area. They will be able to forecast potential quakes and give advanced warnings of danger.
The stations have been commissioned as a response to the recent increase in quakes in the area. The most recent, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, struck the Bac Tra My District on Tuesday. The epicentre was eight kilometres below ground level. — VNS