HA NOI — The Government plans to install a tsunami warning system in high-risk areas at 13 coastal cities and provinces across the country during the next five years.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has approved the project, which will protect coastal areas and populated islands in the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan and southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The project will see tsunami warnings handled by the Institute of Geophysics, the agency responsible for analysing and announcing tsunami threats in Viet Nam. The warning will be conveyed directly to relevant authorities, local authorities and people in affected areas.
The project will be implemented between 2012 and 2016. Tsunami alert stations will be built in seven provinces during the next three years and the rest will be set up in six provinces afterwards.
Le Huy Minh, deputy director of the Institute of Geophysics said the warning stations were necessary as his institute's research showed that the impact of earthquakes under the East Sea and neighbouring areas could cause tsunamis in the future.
An earthquake measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale in the region near Manila, the Philippines, may cause a tsunami that could threaten Viet Nam's coastal provinces.
"The installation of these stations will help the institute more accurately and quickly detect potential tsunamis threats," he said.
Tran Quang Hoai, director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Department of Dyke Management and Flood and Storm Control, said the ministry would devise a specific plan on funding and installing the warning system in these localities to be submitted to the Government later this year. — VNS