• Powerful 6.8 magnitude quake hits Myanmar – USGS

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    YANGON: A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit north-central Myanmar Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported, with tremors felt around the region.

    The quake, which the agency said struck at a depth of 84 kilometers (52 miles), swayed high-rise buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok, Agence France-Presse journalists reported.

    It was also felt in the Indian city of Kolkata.

    There were no immediate reports of casualties.

    The epicenter was near Chauk, a town on the Irrawaddy River several hundred kilometers northwest of Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.

    Soe Win, a regional MP from the township in Magway region, told Agence France-Presse the tremors lasted for several minutes.

    “There was also some sound as well. A pagoda collapsed in Salay and a building also collapsed,” he told Agence France-Presse, adding that he has not yet heard of any casualties.

    The USGS estimated that the impact would be “relatively localized” but noted that many buildings in the region are “highly vulnerable” to earthquake shaking.

    Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar, though the country has not seen a major quake since 2012.

    The last major quake struck in a nearby region in April and caused minor damages but no casualties. AFP

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