(VOV) - The aftershocks of a strong quake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale in the border area of Thailand and Myanmar were felt in Hanoi and some regions of Vietnam but caused little damage and no casualties.
Many high-rise buildings were shaken in the capital on the evening of March 24, forcing many people to flee their homes in panic. When the tremors occurred, some took the lifts down to the ground floors of the tall buildings.
Relevant agencies had recommended taking shelter under desks or tables in the event of an earthquake that often lasts in less than one minute. But many Vietnamese people seemed unprepared for such happenings.
Vietnam’s Tsunami Warning and Earthquake Monitoring Centre measured the quake in Hanoi on March 24 at magnitude 5.0 and put the quake in the northwestern region at magnitude 6. The shakings did not cause any human casualties and damages to construction works.
Dr Nguyen Sinh Minh from the Hanoi Institute for Construction Science, Technology and Economics has warned that Hanoi is located in a region likely to be hit by quakes measuring 6.1-6.5 on the Richter scale.