Status: Complete

Toward Improved Earthquake Hazard Assessment in Myanmar: Tools, Knowledge and Infrastructure

The central goals of this project were to work with in-country partners in Myanmar to establish a system of earthquake preparedness and to ensure that they have the computational tools and knowledge to be involved in all aspects of seismological research — from instrumentation and fieldwork to data analysis — by carrying out noise analyses and examining other data quality metrics for the dataset to use for seismicity analysis, ambient noise tomography, Horizontal-to Vertical Spectral Ratio (HVSR) measurements, seismic attenuation and site amplification studies.

One graduate student from LSU and nine University of Yangon students were successfully trained in geophysics, field methods, and computational analyses in addition to nodal seismic instruments as well as software such as Python, Matlab, GMT, Seismic Analysis Codes, and QGIS.

These studies will aid in providing better estimates of ground shaking in the event of a large earthquake and thus contribute to improving earthquake preparedness in Yangon.

Project Partners

Louisiana State University (LSU) and University of Yangon (UY)

UNSDGs addressed

Goal 4 (Quality Education), Goal 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and Goal 17 (Partnerships for goals)