Two quakes strike Nam Trà My

Update: February, 27/2017 - 09:00
Earthquakes are common in the areas around Sông Tranh 2 Hydropower plant in the central province of Quảng Nam. Two quakes were reported in Nam Trà My district yesterday. — VNS Photo Công Thành
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG NAM — Two earthquakes, measuring 3.9 and 3.2 on the Richter scale, struck the mountainous district of Nam Trà My yesterday.

Chairman of the district people’s committee, Hồ Quang Bửu, confirmed to the Việt Nam News that the quakes did not damage any public or residential buildings in the area.

Bửu said the quakes occurred in Trà Ma commune, near the Sông Tranh 2 Hydropower plant.

“The first quake, which happened around 11am, caused buildings to shake. Another tremor later was lighter. It is the strongest quake recorded in the area,” Bửu said.

“No damage to houses or public buildings in the district has been reported. However, we have prepared rescue teams to respond to any situation,” he said.

According to the latest report from the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre under the Institute of Geophysics, the two tremors in the area had a seismic focus at a depth of 10km, and the centre has been tracking the quakes.

The district is 90km from the province’s Tam Kỳ City and 50km from Sông Tranh 2 hydropower plant.

The neighbouring Bắc Trà My district, 40km from Nam Trà My, has been stricken by over 20 earthquakes and tremors since 2012.

The biggest quake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck Bắc Trà My District in 2012, and was the biggest quake in Quảng Nam Province, causing superficial damage to over 100 houses. — VNS