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M6.6  Zallokyi Earthquake, 2002


25 September 2003


E of Zallokyi, Mandalay div


18:16:13 UTC


19.937 N (NEIC)


95.716 E (NEIC)


37.0  kms (NEIC)


Mw 6.6 (HRV), 6.5 (NEIC)

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A strong earthquake struck south-central Myanmar on 21 September 2003 at 18:16 GMT and caused damage & fatalities in the region. It was felt in many parts of central Myanmar as well as far as Bangkok, Thailand. It had a magnitude of Mw=6.6.

The earthquake was centred 5.6 kms E of Zallokyi, Myanmar,
19.3 kms ESE of Taungdwingyi,
54.6 kms WNW of Pyinmana, Myanmar,
81.2 kms NE of Allanymo, Myanmar,
107 kms S of Meiktila, Myanmar,
229 kms S of Mandalay, Myanmar,
353 kms N of Yangon, Myanmar.

10 fatalities have been attributed to this earthquake which also injured nearly 25 people. Most of the damage was in an area near the towns of Taungdwingyi and Satthwa. 3 ancient pagodas collapsed at Taungdwingyi and a bridge over a creek was damaged. Among the fatalities were 2 children from Satthwa, 3 men from Theingone, Thabyepin and Kyankyar. Between 20-25 people were hospitalized. The rest of the fatalities and injuries were reported from other towns and villages in the area. At Taungdwingyi, two houses collapsed completely but damage was mainly limited to collapsed walls and verandahs. Damage at Satthwa was far worse. The village school collapsed along with a couple of monasteries in the village. Ground cracks were found in fields to the east of the village. Water is also believed to have been emitted from these cracks. The railway track on Pyi-Aunglan-Taungdwingyi line was twisted as a result of the earthquake. Tremors were experienced in much of central Myanmar. It was felt at Meiktila and the neighbouring towns. Tremors were felt strongly in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai and many people rushed outdoors in panic. Light shaking was felt in high-rise building in Thailand's capital, Bangkok.

01) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
02) Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
03) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel

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