Earthquake intensity to gradually increase in 2021

12 January 2021         

The intensity of the earthquakes are likely to grow gradually in 2020 compared to those occurred during 2019 in Myanmar. And the situation has been observed by experts from Myanmar Earthquake Committee that the strength of earthquake will be even stronger in 2021. Daw Hla Hla Aung, Patron of Myanmar Earthquake Committee spoke to MI Radio about more about this topic.

"The reason that we have to be more cautious about earthquake in 2021 is that, Myanmar has many faults which could trigger the cause of earthquake. Some of the famous ones are Sagaing and Kyauktan fault. Areas which are prone to earthquake like Rakhine Hills are in the Subduction zone, which has been frequently occurring earthquake. Generally, we could observe that the earthquake occurrence has been quite frequent at the present time. With that information we have in our hands, the experts are predicting that the earthquakes will be seeing a gradual increase in their intensity and strength this year."

In 2020, a total of 128 minor and major earthquakes occurred in Myanmar. In the aforementioned cases, about 28 earthquakes have occurred solely in the month of May. It has been recorded that the earthquake’s Richter scale is around 3.0 magnitudes.

Dr. Myo Thant is Vice Chairman of Myanmar Earthquake Committee also told MI Radio about relating to the upper mentioned subject.

"In 2019 and 2020 we have seen an increase in the rate of minor earthquake around Sagaing fault. We have also recorded "Swa" earthquake in 1930 and "Phyu" earthquake in 1929. There has been minor occurrence around the places like Nay Pyi Taw and Pyinmana as well. With these records and information we have and many faults that have no sign of showing earthquake to trigger, we should be more cautious about this scenario as it could possibly trigger a major earthquake."

U Bhone Maung who is Administrator of No 10 Ward of Papedan Township also told us more about how the township has prepared for potential emergency response against earthquake, he said, "Our residents here in Papedan Township are quite aware of the danger that the earthquake could happen. So the administrative office and other civil society organizations in our township have been preparing for a draft in how we could potentially be equipped to defend against earthquake if it ever happens. We have community and religious places like ordination halls and temples to provide shelter in case of emergency. These are our prioritized measures for possible earthquake."

Myanmar is one of the most seismically active regions. Oblique subduction, block rotation and a transform margin are responsible for the seismic activities of the country and 2021 is the year that we will have to be more cautious about potential increase in the earthquake’s strength.

Dave, Zwe Mahn and Soe Min Aung