Vietnam on high alert for earthquakes, tsunamis
  • | | March 12, 2011 03:38 PM

Vietnam is now on the watch for possible earthquakes and tsunamis because of similar recent disasters in China and Japan.

Map of tsunami areas in the East Sea region

Le Huy Minh, Director of the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre under the Vietnam Institute of Geophysics, said, due to geographical characteristics, the Vietnamese coastal areas are likely to be greatly affected by any tsunami in the East Sea area.

He added that, the waters to the north of the Philippines can pose the most danger to Vietnam because it would take around two hours for a tsunami to hit the central coastal areas of Vietnam from this area. In such a case, the coastal area in Danang City will be the hardest-hit.

Other areas, including Quang Ninh Province and Haiphong City, may be less affected. These risks are forecast based on the institute’s 25 scenarios of tsunamis on the East Sea and Vietnamese beaches.

According to Minh, an earthquake that reached 4.7 on the Richter scale occurred off Vung Tau-Phan Thiet coast on March 6. However, it had almost no effect on the coast.

Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Head of the Central Steering Board for Storm Prevention and Control, said the Government has issued regulations on earthquake and tsunami preparedness, but many localities are still not ready for any such event.

The People’s Committee of Danang City has approved the installation of 10 early tsunami warning stations. The stations, the first of their kind in Vietnam, are expected to help warn people in Danang of tsunamis from the East Sea 30 minutes in advance.

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