July 12, 2017

Breaking News

Geologists discuss earthquake risks

Geologists in Mandalay and Indonesian earthquake expert discuss Seismology. Photo: Tin Maung
Geologists in Mandalay and Indonesian earthquake expert discuss Seismology.
Photo: Tin Maung

The Myanmar Geosciences Society held a discussion on earthquake hazards in Mandalay on Friday.
Indonesian seismologist Professor Dr Subagyo presented a study on tectonic plates and geohazards, which was later discussed by participants.
Associate Professor Dr Tun Naing led a discussion on seismic microzonation, which is defined as the process of subdividing a potential seismic or earthquake prone area into zones with respect to some geological and geophysical characteristics of the sites such as ground shaking and liquefaction susceptibility, so that seismic hazards at different locations within the area can correctly be identified.
The associate professor said that earthquakes affect cities differently due to differences in soil types. He said soil variations explain why sometimes cities near the epicentre of an earthquake suffering less damage than those further away from it.
The professor said that such a phenomenon is rare in Myanmar, but is nonetheless worth understanding because the country is prone to earthquakes. The Sagaing Fault is the most active fault in the country – it stretches about 1,500 kilometres from northern Myanmar to the Gulf of Mottama. An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale killed 10 people in Shan State in March 2011.

Comments

Related posts

Translate »