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Tremors hit central coastal areas in Ha Tinh
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Tremors hit central coastal areas in Ha Tinh

The Saigon Times Daily

An earthquake’s location in Ha Tinh Province. The earthquake occurred early on October 22 – PHOTO: THE INSTITUTE OF GEOPHYSICS

HCMC – Thousands of residents in coastal communes of Ky Anh District, Ha Tinh Province, at dawn today heard two loud explosions echoing from the sea. Their houses were shaken by the impact, causing residents to rush outdoors, the local media reported.

Nguyen Kien Quyet, vice chairman of Ky Phu Commune’s government in the district, this morning confirmed that the commune had experienced tremors from an earthquake at around 03:40 a.m. on October 22, provoking panic among the locals.

The 2.3-magnitude earthquake took place at 03:42 a.m. today with a focal depth of eight kilometers. The epicenter was located offshore of the province, according to Ngo Duc Hoi, chief of the secretariat at the provincial natural disaster prevention and control and the search and rescue committee, citing data from the Institute of Geophysics.

Earlier, a more powerful and louder earthquake than this morning’s tremors had struck Ky Anh at around 6 a.m. on October 18, Quyet added. Local residents expressed concern over the frequency of recent earthquakes, noting they had to leave their houses to avoid possible injury.

Nguyen Hong Phuong, deputy head of the Earthquake Information and Tsunami Warning Center, under the institute, confirmed that the tremors hitting the central coastal province of Ha Tinh would not trigger a tsunami as their epicenters were located at the bottom of the sea and they were of low magnitudes.

Phuong added that Ha Tinh had rarely experienced earthquakes in the past. The center has yet to identify the cause of the earthquake. Moreover, tremors typically do not cause damage to humans or property and will not seriously impede daily activity, said Phuong.

Only earthquakes reaching 7.0 on the Richter scale can cause tsunamis, Phuong explained while reassuring the local residents.

The center is currently following up on the earthquake’s development.

In related news, two mountainous districts of Bac Tra My and Nam Tra My in the central province of Quang Nam were struck by two consecutive earthquakes on Sunday morning, October 21, Nguyen Thi Minh Thu, vice chairwoman of Bac Tra My People’s Committee, told Phap Luat Online.

However, no casualties or serious damage have been reported so far, Thu added.

Data from the Institute of Geophysics showed that the 2.6-magnitude earthquake in Bac Tra My had a focal depth of 10.8 kilometers, occurring at around 9:30 a.m. Two hours later, a 2.8-magnitude tremor hit Nam Tra My, with a focal depth of 8.3 kilometers.

The two mountainous districts are reportedly regularly struck by earthquakes. Since the start of last year to date, the localities recorded 75 tremors, with magnitudes ranging from 2.5 to 3.9.

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