Seismic survey ordered at Vietnam's proposed nuclear site

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Vietnam's technology ministry has asked that a seismic study be undertaken at the proposed site of the country's first two nuclear power plants in the central province of Ninh Thuan, the Institute of Geological Sciences said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Science and Technology asked for the study after scientists warned about tsunami and earthquake risks to the project's location, according to the institute under the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology.

On Tuesday, the ministry met with related agencies, scientists and experts to review the location, according to the institute, assigned to conduct the study 

Vu Van Chinh from the institute's Tectonics Department said so far Vietnam is yet to have an official study on fracture zones, so this one needs the cooperation of leading experts and scientists.

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The study is scheduled for completion in early 2013.

Last October, Vietnam signed a multi-billion-dollar deal with Russia to build its first nuclear power plant, which is expected to go open in 2020. Vietnam also plans to cooperate with Japan on two other nuclear reactors.

Eight nuclear plants are slated to be in operation here by 2031.

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