Male (မလယ္) Earthquake (11-11-2012), Myanmar



Near Male, the west bank of Ayeyawaddy River.

Villages in and around 15 miles would be strongly affected by this earthquake.

This quake is related to the activity of the Sagaing Fault and the preliminary estimated of the rupture length is 60 – 70 kilometer between Singu and Tagaung.

The immediate aftershocks extended to the south near to Singu.

The rupture length and the size of earthquake is lower than the expected.

The epicentre location shown in the USGS map is near Lay Dwin Zin (ေလးတြင္းစင္), Chaung Tha (ေခ်ာင္းသာ) and Pa Zi Gyi (ဖားစည္ၾကီး) vilages so that at least 500 rural households are immediate effect of the strong earthquakes as close to the epicentre. Currently, damages and casuality are reported from Sint Gu, a city 50 kilometers away from the epicentre but information is still missing from the nearest city Male (within 10 kilometers west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River), Sanpanago (just opposite bank of the Male),Thabeikkyin (15 kilometers south from the epicentre).

Preliminary information shows that 1 hospital, 1 school, 7 monastries, 2 adoration halls, 20 houses and 10 pagodas collapsed in Male Town and other religious structures and factories in the nearest villages. The bridge near Sint Gu city under construction was also damage and one crane berge sunk into the Ayeyarwaddy River and death toll and injuries had been reported in Sint Gu. Shwebo, Mogok, Mandalay cities also felt the shaking and reported some minor damage.

There are many cities lie on the active Sagaing Fault and all those cities have high potentials exposed to the earthquake hazard. The current event is one of those expected localities.


Posted on November 11, 2012, in Earthquakes in Myanmar. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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