Disasters

Earthquakes

Taikkyi earthquake aftermath

The earthquake that shook Yangon on Monday night injured 26 people and damaged a school, two bridges, six houses and 29 religious buildings, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Resettlement. The department will pay K200,000 for each damaged building and house, said U Win ...

Earthquake jolts Yangon region, injures 24

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Bago and Yangon divisions on Monday evening, injuring 24 people and damaging some religious buildings in Taik Kyi Township. No severe casualties have been reported. Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology reported that the epicenter of the quake was about 8 ...

Researcher sounds Thai quake alarm

Thailand is at risk of moderate earthquakes following a 7.4-magnitude temblor off northeastern Japan on November 22, an academic warned on November 22. Asst Prof Passakorn Pananont, who is conducting research into seismic risk reduction in Thailand at the Thailand Research Fund, said areas around ...

Earthquake experts to study tectonic movement in Myanmar

A research project aiming to gather more accurate data on the movement of tectonic plates in Myanmar will be undertaken across the country until May 2017, according to the Myanmar Earthquake Committee. Seismographs have been installed across the country starting in May this year. The first ...

Foreign visitors to Myanmar near 750,000 in first seven months of 2016

Nearly 750,000 foreign nationals arrived in Myanmar through air and sea ports during the first seven months of 2016, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Industry observers predict another 500,000 will visit the country as the tourist season resumes in mid-October, pushing total numbers for ...

China should provide disaster relief in ASEAN region to ensure sustainability of economic ties

After a powerful earthquake rocked Myanmar on August 24, China and its neighbors should expedite cooperation over disaster relief, despite the fact that the road for promoting political and social links in East Asia and Southeast Asia is always bumpy due to the complexity of ...

Powerful earthquake hits central Myanmar

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar on August 24, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake, which the agency said struck at a depth of 84 kilometres, was felt in Yangon, as well as in the Thai and Bangladesh capitals. Officials from Myanmar’s Relief ...

Five Myanmar cities better equipped to monitor earthquakes

As a country lodged on some of the most seismically active faults during what scientists suggest may be a particularly active period, Myanmar is boosting its ability to predict earthquakes. New digital seismographs will be set up in five cities across the country by the end ...

Series of small quakes near Yangon under watch

Seismologists are keeping a close eye on a series of small earthquakes shaking Yangon, with the Myanmar Earthquake Committee suspecting they are aftershocks of a larger jolt that occurred on the evening of 12 January, blacking out wide areas of the city. That quake, widely felt ...

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