Wai Lin (Pyay)
A minor earthquake of magnitude 4.9 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre inside Myanmar about 9 miles (14.5 kilometres) southeast of Pyay, was recorded on February 14, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).
The quake occurred at a depth of 80 kilometres about 90 miles (145 kilometres) north of the Nay Pyi Taw seismological observatory, at latitude 18.7 degrees north and longitude 95.29 degrees east.
“We didn’t feel the tremor much as the quake shook at the depth of 80 kilometres,” said Pyay district department head Aung Myint Kyi. “We haven’t heard any news of damage.”
Pyay has been hit by big earthquakes throughout history, he said. The department has an ongoing education campaign in Bago region to prepare people for a bad quake and procedures to help in rescuing victims. It will also conduct the program in Pyay, he said.
A strong earthquake hit Pyay about 150 years ago and damaged the upper part of the Golden Bell at Shwesandaw Pagoda, according to the records.
Wednesday’s quake was a small tremor located between the Sagaing Fault and the Rakhine Fault. They were the same sort of tremors that damaged the Golden Bell, said Aung Myint Kyi.