Fifteen earthquakes hit Myanmar in two weeks: official

Map shows an earthquake on January 12 in Phyu.


A total of 15 earthquakes, including the January 12 shallow 6.0-magnitude quake, have struck around Phyu, a town in Taungoo District, Bago Region within two weeks, says Dr Yin Myo Htwe, deputy director from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).

“Until now from January 1, many earthquakes were recorded. Tremors usually follow after a strong earthquake. The Sagaing Fault is a major fault in Myanmar, and one of the major faults in the world, being focused on by earthquake experts from around the world,” said Dr Yin Myo Htwe.

“The January 12 earthquake was caused by a fault in Bago Yoma [also called the Pegu Mountains, in south-central Myanmar]. Bago Yoma usually encounters small earthquakes. The epicentre was located in a sparsely populated region, and there was no damage reported in Phyu and Taungoo. It’s a strong earthquake with 6.0-magnitude but caused no damage to residential structures as it hit a forest area,” she added.

Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, director general from DMH, said that the January 12 earthquake was a shallow one and probably not caused by the Sagaing Fault, but further study would be carried out.

The Ministry of Electric Power says its buildings and other structures located in the quake-hit area were not damaged.