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25 March 2011 :: 11:03:53 am 52020

6.8-magnitude quake hits NE Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar – An earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, killing one woman and shaking buildings as far as Bangkok with no tsunami was generated.
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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake had a magnitude of 6.8 with the depth of 10 km or 6 miles. With such magnitude and depth 600,000 people could feel shaking anywhere from strong to violent. The experts added that since buildings in the area are vulnerable, damages could be widespread.

The residents reported to an aid agency that some houses and at least one bridge were damaged in the Myanmar villages that bordered Thailand and Laos.
Police Capt. Weerapon Samranjai said that there were reports of minor damages in northern Thailand, where one woman died when a brick wall collapsed on her. Some buildings had spreading cracks in the foundations, in particular the buildings in the province surrounding the city of Chiang Rai, approximately 55 miles (90 km) from the epicenter. The spires fell off two pagodas.

“The tremor was so strong, and things fell down from the shelves. It was very scary, and we all ran out to the streets,” said a 25-year old woman who runs a mini-mart in Tachileik, a Myanmar town. (As it is common in the country, the witness had to remain anonymous because authorities discourage talking to the media.)
It was difficult to get a comprehensive information regarding the damage in the country’s remote northeast area because communications are vague as the military-run government tightly controls information.

A communication manager with World Vision, Jenny Macintyre, said that the hilly region could see landslides of rock and mud shaken loose in the quake. She poke to a representative from the aid agency who were near the epicenter in Myanmar.

Buildings within hundreds of kilometers distance swayed, including in the Thai capital, Hanoi (Vietnam) and the Myanmar city of Mandalay.

“People living in high-rise buildings felt the tremor, and we are still on the streets. We are afraid to go back into the house,” said a 34-year-old woman from Mandalay, whose identity were also to remain anonymous.

Max Jones, an Australian resident of Bangkok, was in his 27th-floor apartment when his building started shaking so hard he had to grab the walls to keep from falling.

“It was bloody scary, I can tell you,” he said. Jones said he could see people running in the streets.

The quake was followed by two smaller aftershocks, 4.8 and 5.4 in magnitude.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was located too far inland to create a destructive wave.

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