24 Mar '11, 4pm

Strong earthquake hits Myanmar - Yahoo!

A strong earthquake struck eastern Myanmar Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, as Thai police reported at least one death and shaking was felt in several countries across southeast Asia. The quake was felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of the epicentre, Hanoi and the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw, and was initially put at magnitude-7.0, before being revised slightly downwards to 6.8. The epicentre, in the hills of Myanmar close to the borders with Thailand and Laos, was only 10 kilometres (six miles) deep. It was located 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Chiang Rai in Thailand and 235 kilometres (146 miles) north-north-east of Chiang Mai, Thailand's second city and a popular tourist destination. No tsunami warning was issued, with US seismologists saying the tremor was too far inland to generate a devastating wave in the Indian Ocean. Pol...

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