Strong earthquake damages ancient Arakan pagodas

Narinjara News

Yangon, 25 Agust 2016


A strong earthquake with 6.8 magnitudes, which covered Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh and eastern India, hit the western Burmese State of Arakan damaging several ancient pagoda, building and traffic bridges including one in Kyauk Pru locality.

The Wednesday afternoon tremor damaged four ancient pagodas in Mrauk U and Rambree, informed  U Nyein Lwin, managing director of Mrauk U archaeology department to Narinjara News.

“The upper plate of Radana Man Aung pagoda along with the pagoda umbrella shrine on the top was damaged due the quake. The umbrella shrine of the pagoda also fell down on the ground. Many parts of Ko Thaung pagoda and Radana Pon pagoda were also damaged,” said U Nyein Lwin.

Another ancient pagoda named Koran Daw Taung in Rambree locality of Kyauk Pru district also got damaged due the tremor. The umbrella ornament shrine of the pagoda fall down.

Similarly, a traffic overpass known as Londaw Pauk bridge located in between Taungup and Kyauk Pru also got damaged with a pillar of the bridge faced bending. The authority has now prohibited the movement of vehicles over the bridge.


Min Bya high School on the Lay Mro riverside also faced damages, but there was no report of causality, as the school was over by the time the tremor was felt, said a local named U Maung Kyaw Zaw.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck 12  miles west of Chauk in central Burma in the depth of 84 km.

Around Myanmar, over 200 pagodas were damaged, where most of those were reported from Bagan locality of central Myanmar. According to the BBC report, at least three people were killed in central part of Myanmar due to the collapse of buildings.