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Myanmar rocked by powerful earthquake

March 24, 2011|From Times wire reports
  • Thai tourists are evacuated from a hotel during the 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Mae Sai district on the Myanmar border.
Thai tourists are evacuated from a hotel during the 6.8-magnitude earthquake… (STR, EPA )

The northeastern part of Myanmar was hit with a magnitude 6.8 earthquake Thursday night. One woman was reported killed when a roof collapsed in Chiang Rai.

The quake was felt in Bangkok, 480 miles to the south of the epicenter, where buildings reportedly swayed.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was six miles deep and that it is possible that 600,000 people could feel shaking anywhere from strong to violent and that damage could be widespread.

Thai television showed people running into the streets in their pajamas.

Two small aftershocks measuring 4.8 and 5.4 in magnitude followed. There was no tsunami created because the quake was located too far inland.

The quake was comparable in magnitude and depth to last year's Haiti earthquake.

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