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Vietnam invites foreign experts to investigate Song Tranh earthquakes
  • By Thanh Tram | | September 20, 2012 05:07 PM
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Two world leading experts will visit Vietnam in early November to study recent consecutive earthquakes at the Song Tranh 2 Hydro-power Plant area in Quang Nam Province.


Nguyen Hong Phuong, Deputy Director of the Institute of Geophysics’ Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre, said the experts come from Poland and India.

The experts will have a conference with Vietnamese counterparts on the earthquakes and vibrations in the area of the hydro-power plant. They will also join a short-term training course on assessing and dealing with earthquakes for Vietnamese scientists.

Indian expert Professor Harsh K Gupta studied a string of earthquakes that affected the Koyna Dam in India. Put into operation in 1963, the 1 billion cubic metre capacity dam faced a 6.3-richter earthquake in 1967, killing 200 people.

The Institute of Geophysics is installing five seismic stations to measure earthquakes in early October after concerns raised by the local residents and authorities.

Currently, the decision to store water at the Song Tranh 2 Hydro-power Plant still faces controversy. Meanwhile, Electricity of Vietnam EVN is seeking government approval for the storage and resumption of plant operations despite scientist concerns.

Since September 3, the area of in Song Tranh 2 Hydro-power Plant has seen more than 10 earthquakes with the strongest measured in the early morning of September 17. The earthquake affected the communes of Tra Doc, Tra Bui, Tra Tan and Bac Tra My Town causing the ground to shake for 10 seconds.

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