Powerful Earthquake Rocks Myanmar

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PostThu Mar 24, 2011 8:32 pm » by Jesse89202


BANGKOK — A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck northeastern Myanmar Thursday evening near the borders of Thailand and Laos, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok, about 480 miles to the south.

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The epicenter was about 70 miles north of the Thai border city of Chiang Rai, but Thai television said little damage had been reported there. It said a 55-year-old woman had died in the border town of Mae Sai when a wall collapsed on her while she was sleeping. There were no immediate reports of damage from within Myanmar or from Luang Prabang, a tourist town not far away in Laos. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was too far inland to raise a danger of a tsunami.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was just six miles deep, meaning that severe shaking could have caused major damage to buildings in the area. It also reported a smaller quake, of 4.8 magnitude, about a half-hour later.

“I felt I was swaying like a child in a cradle,” said Nutpisut Thongkika, 50, a teacher, in a telephone interview from Chiang Rai. “The situation here was very chaotic when the earthquake hit.”

Trees were swaying, she said, and she had to hold on to a pole to keep her balance.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/world/asia/25myanmar.html
or
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/24/134820858/powerful-earthquake-rocks-myanmar

USGS
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0002aes.php
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