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Eight earthquakes shake northern Vietnam in two days

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 14:09 GMT+7
Eight earthquakes shake northern Vietnam in two days
A house was damaged when a magnitude-5.3 earthquake hit Tan Lap Commune, Moc Chau District, Son La Province, Vietnam at 12:14 pm on July 27, 2020. Photo: Lam Xuan / Tuoi Tre

The northern Vietnamese province of Son La has been hit by a total of eight earthquakes in the past two days.

All the earthquakes, measuring from 3.0 to 5.3 degrees on the Richter scale, occurred in the provincial district of Moc Chau on Monday and Tuesday.

The eighth earthquake was recorded at 8:26 am on Tuesday by the Hanoi-based Earthquake Information and Tsunami Warning Center with a magnitude of 4.0 and a depth of 12.1 kilometers, posing no harm to local residents. 

The center has been monitoring possible ensuing seismic developments.

The seventh and sixth tremors were two smaller earthquakes with 3.3 and 2.6 magnitudes that occurred at 6:17 am Tuesday and 11:23 pm Monday, respectively.

The first five earthquakes were felt between 12:00 pm and 4:30 pm on Monday, with the first one hitting at 12:14 pm at a 5.3 magnitude – the strongest among all eight of the earthquakes.  

A house and a car are damaged after three earthquakes hit Moc Chau District, Son La Province, Vietnam July 26, 2020. Photo: Lam Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A house and a car are damaged after three earthquakes hit Moc Chau District, Son La Province, Vietnam July 26, 2020. Photo: Van Giap - Tran Lien / Tuoi Tre

The first earthquake damaged some structures and at least 127 households in Na Muong, Ta Lai, Tan Hop, Quy Huong, and Long Sap Communes in Moc Chau District.

No one was injured in the incidents.

Nguyen Xuan Anh, director of Vietnam’s Institute of Geophysics, attributed the recent consecutive quakes in Moc Chau to the fact that the district is located on a fault of the Da River where geological activities are relatively strong.

The prime minister has ordered local authorities and related ministries to promptly deal with the damage caused by the tremors.

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