7.0-magnitude earthquake jolts Myanmar

7.0-magnitude earthquake jolts Myanmar
# 24 March 2011 22:18 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. A strong earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale jolted northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night at 20:29 local time (1369 GMT), but so far there were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage, according to Myanmar’s Meteorology and Hydrology Department, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The earthquake struck 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Kengtung, Myanmar’s Shan state. It is estimated that Kengtung area will be seriously affected.

The epicenter, only 10 km deep, was initially determined at 20. 70 degrees north latitude and 99.94 degrees east longitude. And it is close to Thai and Laotian borders and is 89 km north of Thailand’s city of Chiang Rai.

The U.S. Geological Survey has put the quake at 6.8 magnitude, which has been felt in Thai capital Bangkok, a city 772 km away. Thai media also reported one woman was killed in the northern province of Chiang Rai as a wall collapsed due to the earthquake.
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