December 15, 2016

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Myanmar to install 65 seismometers to conduct research of tectonic plates

Equipment to be used for seismoters. Photo: Supplied
Equipment to be used for seismoters. Photo: Supplied

SIXTY-FIVE seismometers will be setup in towns and villages near the Indian border and in Shan state in order to help monitor tectonic plates and the main fault line running through Myanmar known as, the Sagaing Faultline.
In cooperation with the Institute of Geology & Geophysics of the Academy, Myanmar Earthquake Committee, Myanmar Geosciences Society and the Department of Geology of Mandalay University are set to conduct the research with the installation of seismometers in Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway Regions and Chin and Shan States, said secretary of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee, Dr Myo Thant.

A technician prepares to set up a seismometer. Photo: Supplied
A technician prepares to set up a seismometer. Photo: Supplied

 “The Chinese Academy of Science under an agreement with the Union government is planning to fund the technology around the country,” said Dr Myo Thant, secretary of the committee.
Dr Myo Thant said that the installation of all seismometers is slated for completion in October to November and that 43 devices are to be installed this month in Monywa, Gangaw, Kalay and Mandalay.
“The research will enable us to know possible earthquakes in the future and the conditions of tectonic plates in the western part of the country and ensure earthquake preparedness and response,” said Dr Myo Thant.
Myanmar experienced a 7.5 magnitude earthquakes in Innwa in 1839, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Sagaing in 1965, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Turlay in 2011 and a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Thabeikkyin in 2012 respectively.

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