August 19, 2016

UNOCHA Myanmar ready to respond to earthquakes

UNOCHA Myanmar has emergency response efforts in place in case of future earthquakes, according to a statement made by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Myanmar on Thursday.
The statement said that an earthquake measuring 6.8 in magnitude struck 42-mile east, south-east of Kalay Township, 134 kilometers into the earth’s crust,  last Wednesday night causing slight damage in the area. Works are underway to evaluate the initial damage and gather further information.
According to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, there were no reports of deaths, injuries or any major damage as a result of the earthquake but there was minor damage to some buildings and pagodas.  Amid warnings, an aftershock measuring a magnitude 4.4 stuck an area 30-miles north-west of Mawleik Township last Thursday afternoon.


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