|Satellite image of Mộc Châu District, where the earthquake occurred. — Photo Google Earth|
HÀ NỘI — Tall buildings in Hà Nội shook as a 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit Sơn La Province at around 12.14pm local time on Monday.
The earthquake occurred in Mộc Châu District, Sơn La Province with its epicentre at a depth of 14 kilometres.
According to an update, the second tremor measuring 3.0 hit Mộc Châu District at 12.40pm.
The third tremor was recorded at 3.52 pm and measured 3.8 on the Richter scale.
Nguyễn Xuân Anh, director of the Institute of Geophysics, said: “After the earthquake, there will be few aftershocks. Citizens will feel different shaking levels depending on grounds in different areas."
Hà Nội citizens panicked when the aftershocks reached the capital.
“This is my first time experiencing a tremor. I thought I had a medical problem,” Nguyễn Chung, an office worker in Hà Nội, said. — VNS