LAI CHAU: water reservoir

Seismic activity linked to Lai Chau hydropower plant and the reservoir containing backed up water of Da river (Black river) in northwestern Vietnam. Construction started on 5 January 2011 and it is expected to be operational by 2017 with the first turbine put into operation in 2016. The area of the reservoir is considered as tectonically active with known earthquakes in the past. During the period from September 2014 to May 2015, network of seismological stations in broad Lai Chau region recorded nearly 40 earthquakes M 1.1 to 4.0. Three of them occurred directly in Lai Chau hydro reservoir area (October 19 and 31, 2014 M3.5 and November 26, 2014 M2.0). The reservoir filling started in June 2015. The water level varies between 205 and 280 m. a.s.l. During the period from October 2014 to October 2015, network of seismological stations in wide Lai Chau area recorded nearly 60 earthquakes with M1.0 to 4.0. Several of them were located a radius of 6-20 km from Lai Chau dam.

How to cite: IS EPOS (2018), Episode: LAI CHAU,, doi:10.25171/InstGeoph_PAS_ISEPOS-2018-012

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
GCMD keywords
  • name: earthquake magnitude/intensity
  • name: lakes/reservoirs
  • name: water impoundment
Dataset Center
Maintainer Piotr Sałek
Dataset PI
  • name: Grzegorz Lizurek  PI: lizurekfoo(at)  PI ORCID: 0000-0002-4801-4888  PI Institution: IG PAS  PI Department: Seismology
  • name: Jan Wiszniowski  PI: jwiszfoo(at)  PI ORCID: 0000-0001-7236-7002  PI Institution: IG PAS  PI Department: Seismology
  • name: Beata Plesiewicz  PI: bplesfoo(at)  PI Institution: IG-PAS  PI Department: Seismology
Dataset Owner
  • Owner name: Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Science  Owner PIC (Participant Identification Code): 996625337  Owner Address: ul. Ksiecia Janusza 64, 01-452 Warszawa, Poland
  • Owner name: Institute of Geophysics Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology  Owner Address: Vietnam
Licence Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Dataset Status In Work
Activity Type
  • in-situ measurements
  • long-term monitoring
Access Constraint Restricted to the community
Embargo 2021-06-30
Dataset Modified
Version 1
Metadata Created
Quality Statement Quality controlled by manual inspection
Quality Editor name: Dominika Wenc  editor email: wencfoo(at)  Editor Institution: IG PAS
Spatial Distribution { "coordinates": [ [ [ 101.0057, 20.7134 ], [ 101.0057, 24.3576 ], [ 104.7055, 24.3576 ], [ 104.7055, 20.7134 ], [ 101.0057, 20.7134 ] ] ], "type": "Polygon" }
Region Vietnam, Lai Chau Province
Start time 2014-10-06 00:00 UTC
End time
Dataset Citation IS EPOS (2018), Episode: LAI CHAU,, doi:10.25171/InstGeoph_PAS_ISEPOS-2018-012
Dataset DOI 10.25171/InstGeoph_PAS_ISEPOS-2018-012
Resource name
  • Publication title: Lizurek, G., Wiszniowski, J., Giang, N., V., Van, D., Q., Dung, L. V., Tung, V. D., Plesiewicz, B. (2019) Background seismicity and seismic monitoring in the Lai Chau reservoir area. Journal of Seismology.  Publication DOI: 10.1007/s10950-019-09875-6
  • Project Title: POL-VIET :: the National Science Centre, Poland  Project ID: UMO-217/27/B/ST10/01267  Project financing institution: National Scien the National Science Centre, Polandce Centre (Poland)