Ba­gan quake haz­ard map out early next year

The Myanmar Times - - News - KYAW KO KO kyawkoko@mm­times.com

AN earth­quake haz­ard map of Ba­gan, aimed at help­ing in the con­ser­va­tion of the an­cient site’s pago­das, will be re­leased next Fe­bru­ary, the De­part­ment of Ar­chae­ol­ogy and Na­tional Mu­seum in Ba­gan said.

Three sur­veys were con­ducted for the map, in June, Au­gust, and Septem­ber, and an­other will be made in Novem­ber, said U Phyo Pyae Ko Ko, staff of­fi­cer of the de­part­ment.

“The last sur­vey was con­ducted in the an­cient city and re­sults were sent to Yan­gon for anal­y­sis. It is an on­go­ing process, and when it is com­pleted, we will use the map at monthly con­ser­va­tion meet­ings to as­sist in plan­ning,” he said.

The map is be­ing pro­duced through the joint ef­forts of the Myan­mar Earth­quake Com­mit­tee and ex­perts from Sin­ga­pore, Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­sity, and Yan­gon Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­sity. They first had to train of­fi­cials how to pro­duce maps, he said.

The first stage of the project was ground sur­vey­ing, which in­cludes sub­sur­face con­di­tions and earth den­sity. In the sec­ond stage, the quake re­sis­tance of Ba­gan’s pago­das will be mea­sured.

“By look­ing at the map, we will know how much each pagoda can with­stand and how we should main­tain them. The map is very nec­es­sary for Ba­gan,” he said.

Nearly 400 an­cient pago­das in Ba­gan were dam­aged by a pow­er­ful earth­quake in Au­gust 2016 and are un­der­go­ing restora­tion.

Photo: Kyaw Ko Ko

An­cient pago­das in Ba­gan.

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