A moderate quake of magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale with its epicentre inside Myanmar caused damage to a pagoda and other buildings on March, authorities report.
The quake was at latitude 19.90 degrees north and longitude 96.01 degrees east, at a depth of 10 kilometres and about 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) northwest of Nay Pyi Taw seismological observatory, according to announcement from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH).
The quake damaged the base of Moekaung Ywar Lae Pagoda from Moe Swe village, Oaktarathiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw and another other small pagodas, said Police Major Sein Win, head of the township police force.
The Diamond bud from a pagoda in Ma-U Lay Pin village in the township also fell to the ground, he said.
A wall of a rural clinic is also collapsed due to the tremor.
Families of government employees from Nay Pyi Taw’s staff housing quickly ran for their safety.
“We woke when our room shook from the effect of the quake. Others also run out from their rooms. We went back to our apartments when we sure the quake would not strike again,” said a government employee living in Bukwe staff housing.
The earthquake is a natural disaster that sometimes comes with no advance warning. Myanmar has five large earthquake zones and about 40 small zones. The country faces the danger of an earthquake occurring at any time.
An earthquake measuring between 1 and 4.9 on the Richter scale is considered a “light” earthquake, while those measuring between 5 and 5.9 on the Richter scale are considered moderate earthquakes. An earthquake measuring between 6 and 7.5 on the Richter scale is categorised as a major earthquake, while those measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale are massive earthquakes.
The Sagaing Fault is of a kind that ruptures sideways and can create higher levels of damage. Large towns along the Sagaing Fault line, including Myitkyina, Takaung, Thabeikkyin, Sagaing, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw, Taungoo, Phyu and Bago will face potential disaster if they are hit by major tremors.