Friday, April 13, 2012

Earthquate in Indonesia shakes Vietnam

Earthquake in Indonesia shakes Vietnam’s buildings
VietNamNet Bridge – People who were working on high floors of buildings in Hanoi and HCM City felt shaking from furniture at nearly 4pm this afternoon, April 11. 

Huge quake strikes off Indonesia, tsunami warning issued 

Many people immediately ran away from their offices to the ground.

“Everything around me lightly shook for around three minutes,” says Thu Huyen, who works in a building in District 1, HCM City.

People from several buildings in HCM City reported the same thing.

Tran Kien, who was in his office in the C’Land building in Hanoi this afternoon, says: “It happened very quickly. I felt little dizzy when I looked out the window”.

He adds that many people ran away from their offices to the ground. The building management board contacted the Geophysics Institute to ask for information. Until they knew that the quake was minor, people returned to their rooms.

Mr. Le Huy Minh, director of the Information Center on Quake and Tsunami, says that Vietnam was affected by the quake of 8.9 Richter scale in Indonesia this afternoon. Vietnam is far from Indonesia so only people who were in high-rise buildings could feel  shaking.

According to Minh, the shake was caused by quake waves, not aftershock.

Prof. Cao Dinh Trieu from the Geophysics Institute says that impacts from earthquakes in Indonesia on Vietnam were minor. A quake observing station in southern Vietnam recorded shakes of less than five Richter scale this afternoon. There is no warning of tsunami in Vietnam.

Na Son
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