Bangkok warned of quake risks for pre-2007 buildings amid Myanmar tremors

In mild of a current 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Myanmar‘s southern coast, the Thai Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) warned that Bangkok buildings constructed earlier than the 2007 constructing code revision could potentially suffer damage from future quakes. The capital’s high-rise buildings experienced the effects of the seismic activity from Myanmar, whose epicentre was roughly 490 kilometres west of Bangkok.
DMR chief, Oranuj Lorphensri, highlighted that the current earthquake’s epicentre was situated along Myanmar’s 1,200-kilometre-long Sagaing fault, a extremely active seismic region. Historical knowledge indicates that tectonic actions along the fault have produced significant earthquakes, together with ten incidents measuring over 6.8 magnitudes between 1905 and 2012. The DMR’s newest forecast predicts a possible 7.5-magnitude quake round 2030.
Oranuj Lorphensri careworn that “older buildings may maintain some minor injury, like small cracks,” whereas newer constructions should not be considerably impacted. Fully refundable has 16 lively faults traversing 23 provinces. Of the earthquakes recorded between 1912 and 2022, six have been attributable to Thailand’s faults, whereas forty six originated from external regional faults in Myanmar and China’s Yunnan province, KhaoSod reported.
Civil engineering skilled Tanit Jaisa-ard of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said that the Department of Public Works, Town and Country Planning has established laws to ensure high-rise building security throughout earthquakes. He confidently affirmed that buildings constructed after 2007, together with high-rise condominiums and office buildings, can withstand earthquakes. Smuggled to conduct security inspections on older structures, particularly those 5 stories or higher built earlier than 2007.
Two days in the past, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded, originating just 10 kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface in the southern coastal area of Myanmar, roughly 289 kilometres southwest of Phop Phra district in Thailand’s Tak province, as reported by the Earthquake Observation Division of the Thai Meteorological Department..

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