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M5.7 Magway Division Earthquake, 2009


22 Sept 2009 *local time*


E of Magiyon, Magway


19:38:42 UTC  


20.346 N (NEIC)


94.863 E (NEIC)


73.0 kms (NEIC)


Mw 5.7 (HRV), 5.6 (NEIC)

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A moderate earthquake (M5.0-5.9 termed as "moderate") struck the Upper Irrawady Valley in Magway division, Myanmar on 22 September 2009 at 01:08 IST or 02:38 BDST. The earthquake had a magnitude of Mw=5.7 and caused some damage in Myanmar apart from being felt at many places north-east India and Bangladesh.

If you felt this earthquake in India, Bangladesh or Myanmar, please let us know!

The earthquake was centred 3.7 kms E of Magyigon (Magway), Myanmar,
25.7 kms NNW of Minbu (Magway), Myanmar,
56.8 kms S of Chauk (Magway), Myanmar,
88.3 kms NW of Satthwa (Magway), Myanmar,
164 kms WNW of Pyinmana (Mandalay), Myanmar,
200 kms ENE of Sittwe (Rakhine), Myanmar,
300 kms SSE of Kaladan (Mizoram), India,
378 kms SE of Chittagong (Chittagong), Bangladesh,
586 kms SE of Dhaka (Dhaka), Bangladesh.

This earthquake was strongly felt in west-central Myanmar where it is believed to have damaged pagodas in Ohn Pwetaw and Yay Nan Chaung. Buildings were also damaged at Buthidaung in Rakhine division. The earthquake was felt in several towns in the region, including at Kyauk Phyu, Maungdaw, Pauk Taw, Ponna Kyaunt, Rathidaung and Sittwe. In Bangladesh, it was felt throughout the country including at Chittagong and Dhaka. In India, the earthquake was felt strongly in the Barak Valley in Assam as well as in parts of Mizoram. Elsewhere it was perceptible in other parts of Assam including Guwahati as well as in the states of Manipur and Nagaland. Tremors were also reported from as far as Kolkata in West Bengal.

Deep earthquakes along the Myanmar-India or Myanmar-Bangladesh borders tend to be felt over wide regions to the west of the epicentre. A Mw=7.0 earthquake on the Manipur-Myanmar border in 1954 was felt as far as Khajurao in Madhya Pradesh. Another Mb=6.5 earthquake on 8 July 1975 that occurred the immediate region of the latest earthquake on 22 September 2009 caused damage at Chauk and Pagan apart from being felt over 2,000 kilometres away in Delhi.

01) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.

Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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