U Soe Thura Tun, Vice Chairman of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee told Mizzima that frequent earthquakes in Myanmar could be warning signals for major one.
“Shallow earthquakes are usually followed by stronger ones. An earthquake is unlikely to occur after it strikes a certain magnitude on the Richter scale as the power of the quake will be weakened. However, mild earthquakes can be an indication of stronger earthquakes”, he said.
On September 21 a shallow earthquake hit Tha Peik Kyin Township in Mandalay Division. The quake measuring 5 points on the Richter scale occurred in Out Pone Nar in central Tha Peik Kyin Township at 6:25 pm local time. The earthquake damaged pagodas and Buddha images, wrecked buildings and destroyed 45 houses.
Another earthquake struck Kote Tet village in Khin Oo Township, Shwe Bo District measuring 5.7 on the Richter Scale at 6:55 pm on the same day.
“Myanmar is located in an earthquake prone area and the epicenter of the earthquakes are always threatening. Our main disadvantage is the fact that we can neither predict when and where an earthquake will occur nor its magnitude. But we should be alert”, said U Soe Thura Tun.
The magnitude of earthquakes that rocked Mandalay this month ranged from 5 to 5.7 on the Richter scale.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 is termed heavy and 7 points and above is considered major.