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6.8 magnitude quake strikes Myanmar

A strong earthquake struck eastern Myanmar on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, as Thai police reported at least one death and shaking was felt in several countries across southeast Asia.

world Updated: Mar 25, 2011 01:48 IST

A strong earthquake struck eastern Myanmar on 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 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 deep.

No tsunami warning was issued, with US seismologists saying the tremor was too far inland to generate a devastating wave in the Indian Ocean.

Police in Thailand's Mae Sai district, the northernmost area on the border with Myanmar, said a 52-year-old woman was killed after a wall of her house collapsed during the quake.

In central Hanoi - two countries away from the epicentre - the quake was felt as a smooth rocking motion that lasted for several seconds.

Some Hanoi residents described fleeing their homes in panic.