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Quang Ngai’s people flee into forest because of underground explosion

Written By Unknown on Monday, October 29, 2012 | 12:35 PM

VietNamNet Bridge – More than 50 people in the village of Ta Ba in Son Thuong commune, Son Ha district, Quang Ngai province left their home to the jungle after the quake on October 22.
On October 25, three day after the tremor, these people did not dare to go home. They carried baskets of rice and salt into the forest and cut bamboo to build tents at the foot of Ca Tu Mount.

Mr. Dinh Van Lieu, resident of Ta Ba village, said on the evening of October 22, local people suddenly heard explosions from the Pa O mountain, behind the village while their houses crunched. Being so scared, the whole village fled into the forest at night.

“This was the first time we witnessed underground explosions like that so all of us were terrified. Now we do not dare to return home,” he said.

Ms. Dinh Thi Ba Lang said she has lived here for more than 70 years, but she has been scared like that night. “Hearing the explosion from the mountain, we thought that the mountain had collapsed so we stampeded out of the house. I’ve lived in this tent with my children for several days. It is so cold hear,” said Mr. Lang.

Many missions of Son Ha district went to the forest to encourage people to return to their villages but they were determined to stay there.

“It is difficult to mobilize people to return to their village. If incident occurs and affect people’s lives, no one can bear the responsibility. Therefore we have to find a new safe home for them,” said the district’s Party Chief Dinh Van Dep.

Dr. Cao Dinh Trieu from the Geophysics Institute said the vibration in Quang Ngai on the evening of October 22 was caused by the 4.6-magnitude earthquake occurred at the Song Tranh 2 hydropower plant, in Quang Nam province.

Early next week, the Institute of Geophysics will send a working group to Quang Ngai to examine and assess the impact of the earthquake in Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Plant on Quang Ngai province.

Minh Bao 
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