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12 consecutive earthquakes hit district in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

12 consecutive earthquakes hit district in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 14:37 GMT+7
12 consecutive earthquakes hit district in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
A map detailing the location of the epicenter (red star) of the magnitude-4.7 earthquake in Kon Plong District, Kon Tum Province, Vietnam on August 23, 2022. Photo: Institute of Geophysics

A total of 12 earthquakes with magnitudes between 2.5 and 4.7 on the Richter scale were recorded in Kon Tum Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

The first quake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, occurred in Kon Plong District, Kon Tum Province at 2:08 pm on Tuesday, according to the Institute of Geophysics under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.

It was the strongest quake to have struck Kon Plong District in many years, with local residents reporting they could clearly feel the trembles.

The remaining 11 tremors with magnitudes of 2.5 to 2.9 on the Richter scale were recorded in the locality from Tuesday afternoon to early on Wednesday morning.

The most recent quake occurred at 1:21 am on Wednesday.

These earthquakes did not pose any disaster risk, the Institute of Geophysics’ Vietnam Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Center said, adding that it was continuing to observe related developments.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Tuesday sent a document to authorities in Kon Tum and neighboring Quang Nam Province regarding the response to the earthquakes in Kon Plong District.

To promptly respond to and overcome the possible consequences of the earthquakes, PM Chinh asked Kon Tum and Quang Nam authorities to closely monitor the situation, as well as inspect and assess the damage caused by the tremors to local houses, reservoirs, hydropower dams, traffic works, and medical and educational facilities.

Units and resources should be mobilized to support affected residents and repair damaged infrastructure to stabilize people's lives and ensure safety.

The premier also requested the Ministry of Science and Technology, in coordination with the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, to determine the cause and danger of earthquakes in the locality, as well as to propose suitable solutions.

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Duy Khang - Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre News


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