12 earthquakes in two days jolt Central Highlands Province

August, 24/2022 - 15:17
A total of 12 earthquakes hit Kon Plong District in the Central Highlands Province of Kon Tum from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning, according to the Institute of Geophysics.
An aerial photo of Kon Plong District. — Photo: kenh14.vn

HÀ NỘI — A total of 12 earthquakes hit Kon Plong District in the Central Highlands Province of Kon Tum from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning, according to the Institute of Geophysics.

No loss of life or property due to the earthquakes have been reported so far.

However, residents were very anxious. People in many areas of Quảng Nam Province and Đà Nẵng City also felt tremors, with some fleeing from high buildings out of fear.

After the first tremor occurred at Kon Plong at around 2pm on Tuesday with a magnitude of 4.7, 11 more tremors were recorded with scales ranging from 2.5 to 2.9 magnitude.

Although the 4.7-magnitude earthquake was the strongest recorded in the area in more than 100 years, the level of disaster risk is 0, which means the tremors are not likely to cause loss of life, injury, or destroy or damage assets.

People working in a high building in Trưng Nữ Vương street, Đà Nẵng, get out of the building when feeling the tremors. — Photo thanhnien.vn

On Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính sent a document on earthquake response in Kon Plong District to ministries and agencies in Kon Tum and Quảng Nam provinces.

The Government leader asked the two provinces to closely monitor the situation, inspect and assess the possible damages caused by the earthquakes, especially to people's houses and essential infrastructures such as reservoirs, dams, irrigation, hydropower, and traffic works, medical and educational facilities.

The Prime Minister asked agencies to mobilise forces and resources to support households which sustain losses and repair damages to essential infrastructure to stabilise people's lives and ensure the safety of constructions.

He also requested the Ministry of Science and Technology coordinate with the Việt Nam Academy of Science and Technology in researching, assessing and clarifying the causes and danger levels of earthquakes in the area and propose suitable response solutions.

Since 2021, Kon Plong District, Kon Tum Province, has experienced dozens of earthquakes ranging from 2.4 to 4.5 in magnitude.

Although no damage to people and houses has been recorded so far, the seismic vibrations caused by the earthquake have significantly impacted the lives of people in the area. — VNS

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