Earthquake: the reason why we should stay alert

10 January 2019

Myanmar faced a severe strong earthquake back in august of 2016. Recently, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in Myanmar recorded some small and weak earthquakes happening around the same places of the previous incident. So, our MIRadio Reporter contacted with Daw Hla Hla Aung, the patron of Myanmar Earthquake Committee to know the recent changes of earthquake situations around Myanmar.

Earthquakes happening all the time under our feet. The bad thing is it’s a natural disaster and we can’t exactly predict the earthquakes beforehand. But recently, the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology recorded that half of the earthquakes happened around the country was targeted to the Sagaing Region. There were 12 earthquakes recorded back in December and 6 of them were happened around the Sagaing Region. There were 2 earthquakes in Magway Region and Bago, Kachin, Chin States and near Pyinmanar City faced the earthquakes at least once in each place.

So, MIRadio contacted with the patron of Myanmar Earthquake Committee, Daw Hla Hla Aung, to learn more about the current earthquake situations.

“As you know, currently, there is no strong earthquake. Some weak and small earthquakes are still happening in some places which have around 3 or 3 plus magnitude. People can’t sense that kind of small waves, so you can tell that there’s no earthquake in recent. But according to the graphs and catalogues from Myanmar Meteorology Department and Thai Meteorology Department, there are still many small earthquakes happening around the whole country. ”

Daw Hla Hla Aung also claimed that the earthquakes are happening in the whole country and can’t precisely tell which regions should be on guard.

Back in August 2016, a severe strong earthquake struck at a depth of 84 kilometers gave a lot of damage to Myanmar’s Ancient City, Bagan and destroyed about 389 stupas and pagodas. An official from Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in Myanmar claimed that many earthquakes happened recently struck around the same places as in 2016 incident. So, we also asked Daw Hla Hla Aung about the current earthquake situations of Bagan.

Daw Hla Hla Aung also said that even though only the small and weak earthquakes happening, they can’t be sure to predict the strong earthquakes will strike or not. So, the residents around the areas where earthquakes usually struck should stay on alert. 

“There are many faults around the whole country. Some big fault lines in Myanmar like Sagaing Fault, Kyauktan Fault and Natma Fault in the east are famous for its frequent strikes. So, residents around these famous faults like Sagaing Fault need to stay on alert, also Yangon Region and some areas which recently had earthquakes should stay on guard.”

Among the pagodas struck by the earthquake in 2016, the Sulamani Temple got the most damage. At that time, total of 389 pagodas got damaged and between them, 224 pagodas with less damage were completely recovered in one year after the incident. On the other hand, pagodas with huge damage were planned to recovered within 4 years project and the experts from the associate countries of Myanmar including China, India, Germany, Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand, are helping in the recovering process.

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