San Htoo Aung
A moderate earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale was recorded early morning of January 12, with some areas of Myanmar feeling the tremor, said the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).
The epicentre was inside Myanmar about 17 miles (27.4 kilometres) south-southwest of Phyu and about 107 miles north of the Kabaaye seismological observatory.
The earthquake originated at a depth of about 10 kilometres and we detected aftershocks,” said Dr Kyaw Moe Oo, director-general of the DMH.
“The epicentre where the earthquake shook is about 10 miles away from the Sagaing Fault line. The West Bago Yoma fault line is also located nearby. I am not sure if it struck in the Sagaing Fault line or the West Bago Yoma Fault line. People living nearby felt the tremor.”
He warned that people need to be prepared for aftershocks given the power of the original quake at 6.0 on the Richter scale.
Myanmar Earthquake Committee also warned people to be careful about aftershocks.
Phyu and Kunchaung dams are located near the site of the quake.
Nay Pyi Taw, Taungoo, Phyu and most townships including Tamwe, Sanchaung, Kyimyintine and Hlaing in Yangon region felt the tremor. No information about loss and damage has yet been announced.
Earthquakes measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale are considered to be minor tremors; those measuring 4.0 and above are specified as slight tremors; those measuring 5.0 are classified as moderate; and those measuring above 5.0 are called big tremors.
The Sagaing Fault is a kind of fault that ruptures sideways and can create higher levels of damage.
Big towns along the Sagaing Fault line, including Myitkyina, Takaung, Thabeikkyin, Sagaing, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Taungoo, Phyu and Bago will face disasters if they are hit by major tremors.