Saturday, March 26, 2011

7.0-magnitude quake hits Myanmar

March 25-2011
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Myanmar Thursday night, affecting a wide swath of land of Myanmar, Thailand, China and Vietnam, with a person was reported killed in quake-caused collapse of a wall in Thai northern city of Chiang Rai.
According to Myanmar's Meteorology and Hydrology Department, the quake that hit hilly areas some 56 km east of Kengtung, Shan state, occurred at 8:29 p.m. local time (1369 GMT). The quake, with the epicenter only 10 km deep, struck along Myanmar's borders with Thailand and Laos, about 87 km from Chiang Rai.
The quake affected many areas in Myanamr, with it being felt strongly in the border town of Tachilek and slightly in Taunggyi, Bago, Shwegyin, Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay and Toungoo. It is reported that Tachilek authorities have advised people to stay out of their houses.
Although there were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage in Myanmar, Thai TV has reported that one woman was killed in Chiang Rai as a wall collapsed onto her in the quake.
Thai media also reported that the quake was felt in the country 's capital Bangkok, a city some 772 km away, with buildings there seen shaking and swaying.
According to Vietnam News Agency, buildings in Hanoi shook when the earthquake happened, causing panic among residents of apartment blocks. The U.S. Geological Survey has put the quake at 6.8 magnitude.

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