Very Strong earthquake - Myanmar on August 24, 2016 - 4 deaths (2 to shaking, 2 to landslides), over 200 Pagodas damaged

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UPDATE: - 185 pagodas and temples in Bagan, nine in Salay region, three in MraukU and seven in Sagaing were damaged

- The Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw was damaged.

- Pagodas and other buildings in Mandalay, Rakhine and Magway showed cracks.

- 2 deaths occured in the Yenangyaung township, and 2 in the Pakokku township.

 

UPDATE: Two (2) young girls were killed when a riverbank gave way in Yenanchaung township, south of Chauk.

UPDATE: The death of a 22-year-old in a building collapse near the epicentre was confirmed (One person was killed and another injured when a tobacco processing factory collapsed in the town of Pakkoku)

UPDATE:  Bagan or Pagan in Myanmar is home to over 2500 buddhist monuments. Several famous pagodas have been damaged.

A pagoda has collapsed in Salay. A building has reportedly also collapsed.

20 people were injured in panic in Bangladesh running out of buildings in Dhaka.

 

SUMMARY:

The epicenter was close to Chauk. Theoretical model from CATDAT only shows limited fatalities (0-3) (if any) and minor injuries (1-20). Good news due to the depth. Let us hope that reality also shows this.

A Mw5.7 earthquake in Sept 2009 occurred near the same location causing limited damage. (CATDAT)

A Mw6.7 earthquake in 1975 caused 1 death around 50km away at around the same depth. (CATDAT)

The economic losses will also likely be limited but some damage is expected.

Due to the depth, this earthquake has been felt widely.

A large earthquake of M7.0 at 91km depth according to GEOFON has been reported. More information to come.

USGS - Mw6.8 at 60km depth.

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2016-08-24 17:04:55

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-08-24 10:34:55

Depth (Hypocenter) : 91 km

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USGS Chauk, Burma Aug 24 10:34 6.8 84 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Feni - it was a small 3-4 second shake..
  • Guwahati Assam - We felt slight tremors and ran out of the house. It shook for a few seconds but it was felt by all.
  • Dhaka - Slight nudge.
  • Bangkok - My building was swaying and the metallic blinds rattled for about 60 seconds or more
  • Bangkok - People get down of buildings in BCD
  • Kolkata - No harm done in Kolkata.
  • kolkata - i was sleeping and all of a sudden everything shook for 4 to 5 seconds, i was like god just rush out
  • Bangkok - I felt a shake for approximately 1 minute on high flor of ofice building
  • Chiang Mai - 4th floor in 6 story building- while sitting at desk felt floor shaking
  • West Bengal, India - Sudden jolts throughout while I was lying on the bed at my 11th floor apartment. Ceiling fans visibly started oscillating, then rather fled to the grounds.
  • Kolkata - It was felt mildly indoors. I felt my work table shake a bit but other co-worker walking in the office did not feel it.
  • Chiang Mai - Was on the 10th floor hotel room resting,could feel building swaying and chair i sat moving.hanging lantern swayed.even at hotel lobby.tremor started at 1740 local time
  • Bangkok - Felt in 29th floor. At first I thought I was dizzy, then realized it is an earthquake when curtains were moving.
  • Bangkok - 19 stories up, slight sway lasting few minutes. Nauseating but noticeable by everyone on the level.
  • EMSC Myanmar Aug 24 10:34 6.8 85 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Myanmar Aug 24 10:34 6.8 91 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Yangon - Water sloshing around in fish tank.
  • Patna - No damage to my knowledge
  • Yangon - Felt it on the 3rd floor of office building in capital Yangon. Weak shaking of the floor.
  • Yangon - Felt it on the 3rd floor of office building in capital Yangon. Weak shaking of the floor.
  • Kolkata - Powerful one
  • Dhaka - I was lying down and felt the shaking for a few seconds. Probably 5 to 7 seconds
  • Yangon - Felt it on the 3rd floor of office building in capital Yangon. Weak shaking of the floor.
  • Yangon - SITTING IN A CHAIR AND THEN FELT THE SHAKES, KNEW THAT IT WAS AN EARTHQUAKE
  • Dhaka - no damages
  • Kolkata - very weak shaking
  • Yangon - Some shaking to the building
  • Bangkok - Was felt in high towers. Buildings were balancing, no shaking.
  • Yangon - Undulations felt on 8th floor, like being on a boat. Continued for 20-30seconds
  • Yangon - Light tremors for about 15 seconds. Intensity in Yangon felt about 5
  • Bangkok - Felt it in 27th floor
  • Kolkata - Felt this from Kolkata. I was sitting on a chair and it was shaking.
  • KOlkata - was in office. It was more than 15-20 second long. The quake stayed the whole time we realized, panicked and climbed down the stairs from fourth floor.
  • Yangon - I was on 2nd Floor of the building
  • Yangon - On 11th floor office and felt swaying with blinds and hanging objects swinging
  • Naypyidaw - dazzy
  • Yangon - no damage in Yangon
  • Inle Lake - Alles schudde op en neer. Te voelen door heel het resort
  • Yangon - Sitting in a deserted office on the first floor at a computer felt the floor tremble slightly for a few seconds. No damage and probably imperceptible if I'd been in a crowded office walking around, but was sitting at a computer on a desk chair and felt the floor vibrate for about three seconds under my feet.

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