25 Mar '11, 4am

More on Myanmar quake: Dozens killed in two towns close to epicenter, more than 130 buildings collapse - AFP

More on Myanmar quake: Dozens killed in two towns close to epicenter, more than 130 buildings collapse - AFP

YANGON: More than 50 people were killed and dozens of buildings destroyed when a strong earthquake struck Myanmar near the Thai border, officials from both countries said Friday. Tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres (500 miles) from the epicentre, Hanoi and parts of China during the earthquake on Thursday, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) measured at magnitude 6.8. A Myanmar official said dozens of people were killed in two towns close to the epicentre. "The death toll of the quake has increased to more than 50 in Tarlay and Mine Lin townships," said the official, who declined to be named. "Roads are also closed. According to the information that we have, more than 130 buildings collapsed because of the quake. There might be more casualties and damage." Across the border, Thai authorities said a 52-year-old woman was killed in Mae Sai distri...

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