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

In gentle of a latest 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Myanmar‘s southern coast, the Thai Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) warned that Bangkok buildings constructed before the 2007 building code revision may potentially undergo injury from future quakes. The capital’s high-rise buildings skilled the results of the seismic exercise from Myanmar, whose epicentre was roughly 490 kilometres west of Bangkok.
DMR chief, Oranuj Lorphensri, highlighted that the current earthquake’s epicentre was located alongside Myanmar’s 1,200-kilometre-long Sagaing fault, a extremely lively seismic area. Historical knowledge signifies that tectonic activities along the fault have produced important 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.
Unusual confused that “older buildings would possibly sustain some minor damage, like small cracks,” whereas newer structures should not be considerably impacted. Thailand has 16 energetic faults traversing 23 provinces. Of the earthquakes recorded between 1912 and 2022, six were brought on by Thailand’s faults, whereas 46 originated from exterior regional faults in Myanmar and China’s Yunnan province, KhaoSod reported.
Civil engineering expert Tanit Jaisa-ard of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration acknowledged that the Department of Public Works, Town and Country Planning has established laws to ensure high-rise building safety during earthquakes. He confidently affirmed that buildings constructed after 2007, together with high-rise condominiums and workplace buildings, can stand up to earthquakes. The division plans to conduct security inspections on older buildings, specifically those 5 stories or greater built before 2007.
Two days ago, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded, originating just 10 kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface within the southern coastal region 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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