Earthquake conference set for Nay Pwi Taw
The government has scheduled a conference on earthquakes to discuss the best ways to mitigate casualties.
THE government will host a conference about earthquakes in Nay Pyi Taw next month to discuss ways to raise public awareness about minimising casualties and damage in the aftermath of such a disaster.
The two-day conference, from July 12 to 13, was scheduled because the country has experienced dozens of earthquakes in the past year, especially in June, which saw at least 12 moderate tremors with a magnitude of at least 4 on the Richter scale.
It will be attended by local and international organisations that are helping government efforts to manage natural disasters, according to U Yin Myo Min Htwe, assistant director of the earthquake subdivision under the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
“The government is installing quake-measuring devices in states and regions. We are expanding to Myeik archipelago in Tanintharyi Region and in Ayeyarwady Region this year,” he said.
U Yin Myo Min Htwe said the location of the equipment in Ayeyarwady has not yet been selected.
“In addition to installing the equipment measuring the magnitude of earthquakes and research, the government is moving up quake preparedness across the country,” he said, such as public awareness campaigns and conducting drills on what to do when an earthquake happens.
Since 2015, he said public interest about earthquakes has increased because the country has experienced strong tremors, such as the 2016 earthquake in Bagan that destroyed some of its famous temples and pagodas and killed three people.
According to department officials, the epicenters of 16 earthquakes that hit Myanmar in June were mostly deep under the earth, so they caused no major surface damage.
The latest earthquake occurred on Wednesday, with a magnitude of 5 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the tremor was seven miles from Nay Pyi Taw.
Residents of the administrative capital said they felt quite strong shaking in the evening Wednesday that lasted a few seconds.
U Yin Myo Min Htwe said the quake happened because of the collision of plates in the subsurface layer of the Earth in northwest Myanmar.
“There are many plates in the Earth, and Myanmar is located where some of those plates meet, so we have earthquake often,” said U Yin Myo Min Htwe.
Myanmar rests on four faults: the Sagaing, Kyautkyan, Kalartan and Kabaw.
According to the department, the earthquake that shook Phyu township in Bago Region on June 17 was the strongest one this month at 5.1 magnitude, while the weakest one recorded struck near Thibaw township of Shan State on June 7 with a magnitude of 3.1.
Remains of a house that collapsed during the 2011 earthquake in Tachiliek in Shan State.