Earthquake Geology in Myanmar

Our new active-fault database and UAV survey results reveal new details of fault geometry along the central Sagaing fault. In 2015, we conducted paleoseismic studies along the Sagaing fault near the northern termination of the 1839 earthquake rupture and excavated one paleoseismological trench near Mandalay International Airport. In 2016, we plan to continue our paleoseismic investigations through a combination of airborne LiDAR, UAV surveys, paleoseismological excavations and geodetic monitoring. Our main focus will be the Sagaing fault trace just north of Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw, to investigate its slip behavior near the southern termination of 1839 earthquake rupture.

In 2016, we have begun to extend our active-fault map throughout mainland Southeast Asia and to focus on the paleoseismology of the central Sagaing fault. This year, our three major goals are to: (1) Continue our paleoseismological investigations of the central Sagaing fault by a combination of analysis of airborne LiDAR and UAV surveys and paleoseismic excavations near Myanmar’s capital, NayPyiTaw, (2) Build regional research capacity in earthquake geology via field training courses in Myanmar, and (3) Expand our active fault database to the entirety of mainland Southeast Asia, including the establishment of an internal data server for the future open access.