India funds flood, earthquake warning systems in Myanmar

India has launched a flood and earthquake early warning systems in Myanmar aimed at helping the country mitigate the effects of natural calamities that affect millions of people every year. Vikram Misri, India’s ambassador to Myanmar, inaugurated on Friday the New Delhi-financed project to develop the Long-Lead Flood Early Warning System and Earthquake Monitoring System […]

Experts urge soil tests to help buildings survive earthquake

Geology and construction experts are urging building companies to conduct soil tests before erecting buildings to ensure safety amid increasing earthquakes. Government data show that over 60 earthquakes struck Myanmar in 2017 and about 40 the year before. U Saw Htwe Zaw, vice chairman of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee (MEC), said that under the country’s […]

Yangon lacking resilience to face future disasters

Nothing is normal these days when it comes to Myanmar’s weather. In Yangon, residents talk about a time when they used to wear sweaters or scarves in the colder months, when the early morning was crisp and people would exercise to stay warm. Not anymore. Yet, this rise in temperature is just a small indicator […]

Myanmar is lifting its game on earthquake preparations with initiatives that seek to make new buildings ‘quake-proof’

Students of the Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction training college on the outskirts of Yangon sit patiently listening in an open humid room, their tools stacked under their chairs. At face value, the class would appear to be yet another lesson in theory for for Yangon’s future builders, a standard curriculum for a vocational college. But […]

Myanmar and California quake threats similar

The earthquake threat in California is little different from that posed by the Sagaing fault line that slices north to south through the middle of Myanmar. Earthquakes hit California and Myanmar every day, but while most do not cause damage or loss of life, experts say the day will come when big quakes will cause […]

SCG fosters a culture of earthquake safety

EARTHQUAKES have become more frequent in Myanmar, with the latest one hitting the country earlier this month. Hence, Siam Cement Group – driven by its commitment to contribute to communities – is using this opportunity to share knowledge on how to minimise damage to lives and property in the event of an earthquake. In collaboration […]