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Experts say Myanmar earthquakes pose no serious risk to Bangkok

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The director general of Thailand’s Department of Mineral Resources says an earthquake triggered by a major active fault line in Myanmar would not pose a serious threat to Thailand.

Nation Thailand reports that following the 5.6 magnitude earthquake on Monday, June 19, Oranuch Lorpensri consulted with several government agencies, including the Meteorological Department and the Interior Ministry. She says the active Sagaing Fault in Myanmar could trigger a large earthquake up to a magnitude of 7.5 in the next 5 to 10 years.

However, earthquakes along that fault line would cause minimal damage to buildings in Bangkok, most of which have been constructed to quake-proof standards, in line with regulations laid down by the Interior Ministry. She says that there is unlikely to be serious structural damage to buildings that comply with these regulations.

On Monday, June 19, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the south coast of Myanmar, with tremors felt in Bangkok. Residents in the Thai capital took to social media to report buildings shaking and light fixtures swaying. Several office buildings and schools were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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