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Vietnam orders quake study for planned first nuclear plant (SPA )


Hanoi, SPA

Vietnam has commissioned a safety study on the site
planned for the country’s first nuclear power plant, following
warnings that it was less than 100 kilometres from a fault line, a
news report said Thursday, according to dpa.

Scientists have warned that the planned Ninh Thuan power plant
could be exposed to a risk of tsunamis from the fault line on the
coast of south-central Vietnam, state newspaper Thanh Nien reported,
quoting Le Dinh Tien, deputy minister of science and technology.

The study is expected to run until early 2013. Construction is set
to begin on the plant’s two reactors a year later. The plant, to be
built using Russian technology, is to be operational in 2020.

Hanoi has asked Japan to help build a second nuclear power plant,
but the deal is pending Tokyo’s approval of an atomic cooperation
treaty.

Vietnam has relatively low seismic activity, with no significant
earthquakes since 1980, and none over 7 on the Richter scale since
1882.

Le Huy Minh, director of the Earthquake and Tsunami Warning Centre
under the Vietnam Institute of Geophysics, said the country’s coast
would be affected by a tsunami from anywhere in the South China Sean
area.

The waters north of the Philippines pose the greatest danger
because a quake there would cause a tsunami to hit Vietnam within two
hours, he said.

Early-warning systems have been installed along the coast.
–SPA

http://www.spa.gov.sa/English/cdetails.php?id=918746&catid=9

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