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Burma earthquake of 24 March 2011

Postby fredlk » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:39 am

From the Bangkok Post: (http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/228565/over-25-killed-in-burma-quake)

Over 25 killed in Burma quake

At least 25 people were killed and dozens of buildings destroyed when a strong earthquake struck Myanmar near the Thai border, according to information from officials in both countries on Friday.

Tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres (500 miles) from the epicentre, Hanoi and parts of China during the earthquake on Thursday, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) measured at magnitude 6.8.

A Burma official warned that there could be "many more casualties" in the town of Tarlay, close to the epicentre, as he confirmed 10 men, a boy and 13 women had been killed when the quake struck.

"Five monasteries and 35 buildings collapsed in the town. Those people were killed when the buildings collapsed," said the official, who declined to be named.

Twenty people were injured in Tarlay in the district of Tachileik, and the official said the main road into the area was closed after being damaged in the quake.

Just across the border from Tachileik, Thai authorities said a 52-year-old woman was killed in Mae Sai district after a wall of her house collapsed.

Terrified residents across the region fled their homes, tall buildings swayed and hospitals and schools were evacuated during the tremors.

The quake struck 90 kilometres (60 miles) north of Chiang Rai and 235 kilometres (150 miles) north-northeast of Chiang Mai, Thailand's second city and a popular tourist destination. Tall buildings shuddered in Bangkok during the tremor.

Its epicentre was close to the borders with Thailand and Laos and was just 10 kilometres (six miles) deep.

Thailand's meteorological department on Friday said it had registered six large aftershocks following the initial quake.

Chiang Rai governor Somchai Hatayatanti told AFP late Thursday that efforts were made to evacuate people from tall buildings and he had ordered all patients from Mae Sai District Hospital to be taken to Chiang Rai.

The shaking was felt throughout China's southwest province of Yunnan, according to state-run China National Radio, but no casualties or structural collapses had been reported as of Friday morning.

However, the earthquake reportedly caused cracks in some homes and schools in and around the rugged Xishuangbanna region which borders Burma, and fear of aftershocks forced many people in the area to spend the night outdoors.

Some residents of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi fled their homes in panic when the quake shook the city.

Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, 36, who lives on the 10th floor of a highrise, said her husband noticed their pet fish shaking in their tank.

"We all rushed to the street. All the other people in the apartments also rushed out," she said.

Hanoi felt the tremor at about magnitude 5.0, according to Dinh Quoc Van, deputy head of the earthquake monitoring department.

The quake comes two weeks after Japan was hit by a monster earthquake, which unleashed a devastating tsunami that left around 27,000 people dead or missing and triggered a crisis at its Fukushima nuclear plant.

No tsunami warning was issued after the Burma quake as US seismologists said it was too far inland to generate a devastating wave in the Indian Ocean.

The USGS initially recorded the quake as magnitude 7.0, but later revised it down to 6.8.

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Re: Earthquakes that affect Thailand

Postby MGV12 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:41 pm

<side issue posts of trying to reach otis to ensure his safety removed to tidy up the thread ... apparently he is in Latvia or Berlin - mod>

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Re: Burma earthquake of 24 March 2011

Postby BKKBILL » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:35 pm

Shouldn’t this be merged with "Earthquakes that affect Thailand" because well it did affect Thailand.
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Re: Earthquakes that affect Thailand

Postby geordie » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:56 pm

:Burmese Earthquake felt in Thailand with sympathy shocks in latvia :mrgreen:
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Re: Burma earthquake of 24 March 2011

Postby fredlk » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:18 pm

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12852237:

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Burma earthquake: More than 60 killed
25 March 2011 Last updated at 08:58 GMT

A rising toll and damage across both sides of the Burma Thailand border has followed the quake
More than 60 people have died in a magnitude-6.8 earthquake in Burma which struck near the Lao and Thai borders.

It happened at 1355 GMT on Thursday and was centred about 70 miles (110 km) from the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai, the US Geological Survey said.

It was felt 800km to the south in the Thai capital Bangkok, and in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

The quake was shallow, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km). There are fears the casualties could be much higher.

State radio in Burma said that 65 people had been killed and 111 injured in the quake.

It said that 244 houses, 14 Buddhist monasteries and nine government buildings were damaged.

The town of Tachileik and surrounding villages in Burma's Shan state appear to have borne the brunt of the earthquake.

Cracks are visible in roads and rice fields have been wrecked by rising silt and water, reports say.

The state-controlled New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that 15 houses collapsed in the town of Tarlay.

Roads, bridges, hospitals and other buildings have been at least partly damaged.

"We are trying to reach the remote areas," one official said told AFP.

Patients in Chiang Rai, Thailand, were evacuated from a hospital following the earthquake
"The military, police and local authorities are trying to find some people injured in those affected areas but the roads are still closed," he said.

The districts around Kengtung and Tachileik are hilly and remote but an active border trade is carried out between many scattered communities.

The BBC's Rachel Harvey in Bangkok says Burma is ill prepared to deal with natural disasters.

Communication systems and infrastructure are poor and the military government tends to limit the flow of information.

It is likely to take some time before a clear picture of the the disaster emerges, our correspondent says.

Collapsing wall
On the Thai side of the border, paddy fields and temples from Chaengsaen to Mae Sai have been damaged.

In Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, scores of people have been injured and buildings affected.

"We are worried that the area might be hit with stronger quakes. There was another quake at 7am," said Somsri Meethong of the Mae Sai District office, referring to an aftershock.

"I had to run again like last night. What we have seen on TV about Japan added to our fear."

One woman in Thailand's Chiang Rai province, close to the epicentre, was killed when a wall collapsed.


In neighbouring Laos, little damage and no casualties have been reported.

The head of the disaster preparedness for the Red Cross there, Bountheun Menevilay, said the quake was felt strongly in the thinly populated border provinces of Luang Namtha and Bokeo.

Earlier reports suggested there had been two strong earthquakes moments apart in the same area, but the USGS later clarified that there had been just one quake.

Earlier this month, on 11 March, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck just north of this area, 225km (140 miles) southwest of Dali in Yunnan, southern China.

That was the same day as the huge 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami hit Japan; however, Japan is on a different tectonic plate.
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Re: Earthquakes that affect Thailand

Postby MGV12 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:16 am

Bangkok Post : 2,700 city buildings at earthquake risk

Earthquake preparedness is a must for Bangkok as the capital is not far from active fault lines where even a moderate quake could send strong shock waves to the city, seismologists have warned.

City Hall has issued a warning that about 2,700 buildings in the capital could be damaged by an earthquake.

Bangkok is less than 200 kilometres from Kanchanaburi, home to the Chedi Sam Ong fault line, and about 800km from Chiang Mai, where the Mae Ta and Mae Chan fault lines are located.

The Chedi Sam Ong, Mae Ta, and Mae Chan are among 13 active fault lines in Thailand covering 22 provinces.

* Rising toll
: At least 74 are dead in the Burma quakes

Studies showed there is a high possibility that a powerful earthquake of 6-7 magnitude will occur along the fault lines in Kanchanaburi and Chiang Mai provinces, Pennung Warnitchai, a seismologist from the Asian Institute of Technology, said yesterday.

His comment followed the 6.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Burma that killed at least 75 people, including a Thai villager in Chiang Rai, on Thursday.

The quake sent shock waves that could be felt in several parts of Thailand, including Bangkok.

Quakes in Kanchanaburi or Chiang Mai would not only cause severe damage to the two provinces but also to Bangkok, Mr Pennung said.

"We will see severe damage to buildings and other structures in Bangkok," the seismologist said.

He said most people only pay attention to the 13 main fault lines, but studies have confirmed that many sub-fault lines are also active and have the potential to produce mild earthquakes.

The Chedi Sam Ong fault line has eight sub-fault lines, while the Mae Chan fault line in Chiang Mai has up to 18 sub-fault lines, he said.

However, Lertsin Raksaskulwong, director of the Mineral Resources Department's environmental geology and geohazard bureau, disagreed.

He said earthquake damage in Bangkok would not be serious.

"There won't be total building collapse. People will only feel the buildings shaking, like many people in highrises felt on Thursday," he said.

Mr Lertsin also dismissed speculation that Thursday's quake, which had its epicentre at the Nam Ma fault line on the Burma-Laos border, would trigger a quake at the nearby Mae Chan fault line in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces.

The Nam Ma fault line runs parallel with the Mae Chan fault line, so it would not have any impact on the Thai fault line.

Surachai Ponpattarakul, a senior expert at the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, said the issue of buildings' resistance to earthquakes had become a major concern following frequent natural disasters.

The agency has been drafting a regulation to help owners of buildings constructed before the enforcement of the 2007 Building Control Act improve their buildings' structures to ensure they are earthquake-resistant.

The Building Control Act stipulates that buildings 23 metres or higher and buildings covering more than 10,000 square metres must have structures that can resist an earthquake of at least 5 on the Richter scale.

Under the regulation, tax reductions would be offered to owners wanting to strengthen a building's foundations and structure, Mr Surachai said.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday said that highrise buildings must be designed and built to ensure they can absorb the impact of earthquakes and measures must be put in place to prevent and mitigate disasters related to quakes.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Pornthep Techapaiboon said initial inspections of 12 highrise buildings in Bangkok after Thursday's earthquake found none had been damaged, but a close watch would be kept on the situation.

The buildings, which are located near communities, include Sermmitr Tower, First Tower, MBK Centre, the All Seasons building, Empire Tower, Chai Tower, the Benjinda building, Shinawatra Tower III, the Thai Military Bank building and the Sun Tower building.

Mr Pornthep said a fire that broke out at Platinum Mall at Pratunam had nothing to do with the earthquake.

He said more than 2,700 buildings in Bangkok that stand five metres or higher are still vulnerable to future earthquake tremors.

City Hall has written to ask owners of the buildings to check the strength and security of the structures. Mr Pornthep said 905 of the buildings were built before the Building Control

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/2 ... quake-risk
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Burma earthquake news report

Postby fredlk » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:49 am

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/228786/burmese-quake-toll-over-150:

Burmese quake toll 'over 150'

The death toll from the earthquake in Burma is much greater than feared with more than 150 people killed in the disaster, eyewitness reports suggest.

Puenkham Payakwong, a Tachilek native who works as a reporter for the Shan Herald News Agency, told the Bangkok Post that more than 150 people were killed, double the official toll of 75.

He also described a chaotic scene where relief efforts were failing to reach people, some of whom were running short of rice and water.

"The casualties are much higher than the official figure," he said.

"Many people are still missing and their relatives have been trying in vain to search for their loved ones," he said in a phone interview from Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district.

"Many houses have been destroyed and villagers have to stay at monasteries or on roads," said the Shan reporter.

He said drinking water and rice were needed the most.

Foreign aid agencies had set up their units far away from the affected area, so it was hard for people to reach relief supplies.

Burma puts the official number of deaths at 75, but that is widely expected to rise as authorities move into remote areas which were cut off by road closures.

More than 240 buildings are said to have collapsed on the Burmese side of the border.

One Thai woman was also killed in Mae Sai, and more than 100 people were injured in areas close to the epicentre, according to official estimates.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, meanwhile, has ordered an overhaul of Thailand's disaster warning system.

And in line with that effort, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says it will write tsunami preparedness measures into the capital's emergency response plan.

The prime minister yesterday said he acknowledged His Majesty the King's concern over the reliability of the country's natural disaster warning operations.

PM's Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey would review the disaster warning system to find any flaws, and work with state agencies to fix them, Mr Abhisit said.

Mr Abhisit will today inspect the National Disaster Warning Centre in Nonthaburi province, where he will chair a teleconference with governors from earthquake-risk provinces including Chiang Rai, Phrae and Nan.

The governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat will also report to Mr Abhisit on the flood disaster in the southern provinces.

Mr Sathit said details of the revised warning plan would be tabled for cabinet discussion tomorrow.

"We've made [disaster warning and preparedness] a national agenda item. The nation has to take the matter seriously," he said.

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra said City Hall would also overhaul Bangkok's disaster preparedness plan.

"The revised plan will include tsunami warning because there are so many unpredictable incidents these days," he said.

"Bangkok has 4.7km coastline, so we should prepare for tidal waves."

The governor also vowed to conduct a citywide inspection of high-rises in the capital to ensure they were earthquake-proof.

"We haven't taken the earthquake issue seriously when building high-rises in Bangkok because few people think the risk is real," he said.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit has told executives of hospitals in earthquake-risk provinces to prepare patient evacuation plans in case disaster strikes. Fourteen hospitals in the northern provinces were slightly damaged by the earthquake, which was followed by dozens of aftershocks.

Thailand yesterday donated three million baht to help the earthquake victims in Burma.
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Re: Earthquakes that affect Thailand

Postby MGV12 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:34 pm

As has been mentioned countless times before: The Internet is as prolific in providing misinformation as it is information .... according to this report Thailand has been hit by an earthquake! Affected yes ... direct hit?

3/25/11 : Thailand Hit By A 6.8 Earthquake !!!!
Published by zandro30
March 25, 2011, Category: Earth Sciences

After an earthquake hit Myanmar yesterday, another country is again torn after being hit by a 6.8 Earthquake just moments ago….

Just moments ago, A 6.8 Earthquake hit Thailand. No accurate reports yet regarding the extent of the damage and casualties but officials fear the worst. The shake caused panic among neighboring islands. Yesterday, Myanmar also experienced an Earthquake slightly lesser in intensity. No casualties had been reported at the moment. On the other ahnd, countries around the world are preparing for possible earthquakes and started preparations for earthquakes.

Source: http://scienceray.com/earth-sciences/32 ... z1Hm6YuC22

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Re: Earthquakes that affect Thailand

Postby MGV12 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:41 pm

Apparently that is the way it was reported by some media:

This is from Reuters: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/2 ... 1V20110324

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Re: Earthquakes that affect Thailand

Postby otis-a » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:37 pm

anyone feel this 1?

m.timesofindia.com/india/Earthquake-rocks-Assam-Manipur-and-Nagaland/articleshow/10812528.cms
GUWAHATI: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked India's northeast, Myanmar and Bangladesh on Monday, triggering panic among people. The tremor was felt at 8.47am in most parts of Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur, besides in Bangladesh and Myanmar. The epicentre was located at 24.947°N, 95.226°E in Myanmar, about 130 km east of Manipur capital Imphal, the website of US Geological Survey said. Seven northeastern states - Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur - are considered by seismologists to be the sixth most earthquake-prone belt in the world. The region experienced one of the worst earthquakes, measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale, in 1897, that claimed the lives of over 1,600 people.
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