Better seismic monitoring network for Myanmar

11 Feb 2019 | Source: Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences - GFZ

It’s gone from 0 to 100 in an amazingly short amount of time”, told Eric Sandvol, a seismol-ogist at the University of Missouri in Columbia, USA, the scientific journal Nature about the establishment of seismological monitoring in Myanmar. The GFZ is also participating with a joint project of several sections: Physics of Earthquakes and Volcanoes (Claus Milkereit), Seismology (Frederik Tilmann and Xiaohui Yuan), and Lithosphere Dynamics (Bernd Schurr).

The GFZ team monitors the subsurface in the North of Myanmar with a temporary seismic monitoring network in order to better understand the tectonic processes there, especially at the border region to India. Frederik Tilmann says: "This cooperation builds on the contacts established during the UNESCO training course organised by Claus Milkereit at the partner institute DMH, Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, and on the establishment of a GEOFON station in Nay Pyi Taw as part of the training course". “Many of our stations transmit their data via mobile radio in real time, so that they can also be used by DMH for routine earthquake monitoring in Myanmar. Furthermore, it is planned to set up a permanent network of instruments measuring strong earthquakes and a further perma-nent station in the GEOFON network in order to provide more reliable earthquake infor-mation in the region, especially for potential tsunami-generating earthquakes in the Indian Ocean".

Myanmar is located in a tectonically active region that is often hit by severe earthquakes. The journal Nature published an extensive article to this topic in the online news section.

Nature News article