Major quake in Myanmar has no impact on Thailand

Athough a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Myanmar yesterday did not inflict any casualties and damages in Thailand, but the major quake did alert seismological experts to keep watch on its aftershocks for a few more days while the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand assured all its major hydro electric dams remained strong and stable.

An EGAT offucial said the epicentre of the quake is over 600 kilometres from the Bhumibol dam.

The dam was inspected and it was safe.

Other dams such as Sirikit, Srinakharin are also unaffected by the major quake.

The earthquake with an epicentre about 12 miles west of Chauk Township in Magway Region hit at 5pm on August 24, killing four people and injuring one.

But its 6.8 major quake would keep Thai seismologists to keep close monitoring of its aftershocks for a few more days.

Tremors were felt in Magway, Bago, Ayeyawady, Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Sagaing, Shan and Rakhine, according to Eleven Myanmar news media today.

The media said Dr Kyaw Tun from the Myanmar Earthquake Committee said there might be aftershocks in Chauk, Magway or Rakhine. It may take several months, depending on the severity of the original earthquake.

Taking a look at the past Taungdwingyi and Thabeikkyin earthquakes, a series of aftershocks occurred for six consecutive months, he added.

The Myanmar Eleven also reported that the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs said 185 pagodas and temples in Bagan, nine in Salay region, three in MraukU and seven in Sagaing were damaged.

The Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw was apparently damaged, according to MPs. Pagodas and other buildings in Mandalay, Rakhine and Magway showed cracks.

Dr Yin Myo Min Htwe, assistant director of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department's earthquake division, said: The epicentre was not in the fault zone but near the Tuyintaung fault. The quake occurred between the Mann segment and the Yenangyaung fault.

Aung Swe Win, deputy director of Myanmar Fire Services Department, said: We are carrying out search and rescue operations in Magway and Mandalay, with 35 members for each township. One person died after a building collapsed in Magway Region and a monastery was damaged.

Ko Ko Naing, director-general of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said: Four people have been reported dead, two in each of Yenangyaung and Pakokku townships. One victim was sent to the Pakokku hospital.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)