Important historic earthquakes in Vietnam

Last update: May 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm by By

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

Earthquakes Vietnam

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Vietnam Jul 19 12:15 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Hanoi - Just the mirror hanging from the wall was shaking for a short time (1 mn ?). No damage.
  • Hanoi - 7:08am. On couch at the Marriott hotel and felt quake for a few minutes. Still feeling it
  • EMSC Vietnam Jul 19 12:15 4.5 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Son La, Vietnam Jul 19 12:14 4.5 13 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Vietnam May 15 12:34 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It
  • Hue - Light shaking chairs
  • Hue City - I sat on the floor and felt the earthquake for about 15 seconds
  • GEOFON Vietnam May 15 12:34 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Vietnam Nov 15 07:24 4.3 13 MAP I Felt It
  • DaNang, Vietnam - 15.11.2012. Moderate shaking felt around 14.30 local time, Da Nang, Central coast of Vietna
  • Da Nang - Light shaking that lasted a few seconds.
  • GEOFON Vietnam Nov 15 07:24 4.2 13 MAP I Felt It
    VIG Haiphong, Vietnam Oct 03 03:18 4.4 15 MAP I Felt It
  • Vietnam - Light shaking
  • Hanoi - very weak shaking here in Hanoi
  • Vietnam Hai Duong - The floor was shaking. PC's LCD monitor was shaking a little too.
  • Hanoi, Kim Ma street - In our office all desks have been shaking weakly twice at around 10.30 am
  • Ciputra Hanoi - première secousse ressentie à l'intérieur durant environ 3s. Deuxième réplique ressentie à l'extérieur environ 2H après, durant environ 1s.
  • Ha Long, Quang Ninh, Viet Nam - Glass door shaking, ground light shaking!
  • My Dinh 1 - I was at my desk on the 5th floor of a school. There was a slight noise like a truck rumbling. My chair is on wheels and on a tile floor. It rolled a bit and startled me, but when I looked up everything had stopped.
  • Hanoi, - It was like the building took a side impact and it shook the entire house 6. Floors, I was watching the news on the 3 floor, minor cracks have become visible, yet I am quite certain that buildings in Hanoi cannot take anything higher then this. it was a good reminder to prepare for such kind of natural occurrences.
  • Ho Chi Mihn - Me and my friend in separate beds both experienced the beds lightly shaking
  • James Daniell CATDAT Vietnam Jun 24 07:00 6.7 44 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Vietnam Nov 01 08:00 6.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Vietnam May 13 08:00 0.0 10 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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