29 Nov Myanmar’s minor tremors may persist; earthquake expert

Written by La Pyae Wun Published in Myanmar Read 2023 times
A monk in Sagaing Myo checks a pagoda for signs on damage following an earthquake on November 27. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima A monk in Sagaing Myo checks a pagoda for signs on damage following an earthquake on November 27. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima

The recent seismic activity from the Sagaing and Inle faults may lead to an increased number of minor earthquakes across Myanmar, Dr Win Swe, chair of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee told Mizzima on November 28.

“Recent minor tremors have been spread in their focus, so the forecasting of possible stronger tremors is difficult but many slight earthquakes may jolt the nation,” said Dr Win Swe.

A November 28 earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale had its epicentre located 15 miles (24 kilometres) south of Bago, while an earthquake measuring five struck Pyin Oo Lwin, 30 miles northeast of Mandalay on November 27.

The chairman added, “Earthquakes under five on the Richter scale are not dangerous but we should consider the possibility of stronger quakes in our building construction.”

Dr Win Swe said the Sagaing fault presents the most danger, though the Kyaukkyan and Kabaw faults are also liable to present minor tremors.

He forecast that the Bago mountain range, Pyu, Kayan-Thongwa, Indawgyi, Hukaung valley, Sagaing Mountain and offshore Rakhine are all at risk of further minor quakes.

Last modified on Saturday, 29 November 2014 15:39