June 29, 2017

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Experts urge to check high-rise buildings for quake resistance

High-rise buildings are seen in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Kwar
High-rise buildings are seen in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Kwar

High-rise buildings in Yangon and Mandalay are needed to be checked for quake resistance as the cities are located near the Sagaing fault line, said Myanmar Earthquake Committee.
“I think people who live in the quake zone need to be alert aganist possible quake,” said Daw Hla Hla Aung, Patron of the committee at a talk show in Yangon yesterday.
The Earthquake Committee said they are conducting quake awareness to people, engineers and constructors as well to know the quake risk management, preparedness measures and quake early warning system to lessen the losses. The committee also stressed the need to raise earthquake awareness as the earthquake-resistance structures are still few in the two cities.
Myitkyina, Thabeikkyin, Tagaung, Sagaing, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Toungoo, Pyu and Bago which are located along the Sagaing fault line can be stricken by quakes, according to the committee.
A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the central Myanmar, killing at least three people and damaging famous pagodas and temples in ancient Bagan city and other regions.—GNLM

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