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Dien Bien (VNA) – An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale hit Muong Nhe district, the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien on August 7.

The tremor, which occurred at 17:00, was the third seismic activity recorded in the district this year.

Although the epicenter was recorded in Lao territory, 55 kilometres from the Vietnam-Laos border, people in Muong Nhe district felt the quake, said Nguyen Thai Son, head of the provincial seismic observation station.

When the quake took place, houses were shaken with glasses and bottles clinking. Local people rushed out of their homes, afraid of aftershocks.

Muong Nhe district suffered from a 4.7-magnitude earthquake and a 3.1-magnitude earthquake on April 23 and July 30, respectively, with the epicenter located about 10 kilometres from Muong Nhe town.-VNA