6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar, no tsunami followed

By on Mar 24, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Myanmar on Thursday night, as recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey, but with no accompanying tsunami.

As published at USGS.gov, a record of 6.8-magnitude (previous report says 7.0) earthquake hit Myanmar on Thursday, at 8:25:12 p.m. (local time), with a depth of 6.2 miles or about 10 kilometers.

Its distance went as far as 589 kilometers North East of Rangoon, Myanmar, 89 km North of Chiang Rai, Thailand, 772 km North of Bangkok, Thailand; and 168 kilometers SSW of Yunjinghong, Yunnan, China.

About 30 minutes later, it was followed by another earthquake which was said to have a magnitude of 4.8, according to USGS.

According to the initial news reports from Thailand, buildings were shaken to as far as Bangkok, which is about 770 kilometers from the epicenter, as the story continues to develop.

Meanwhile the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center announced that a tsunami is unlikely to happen since the earthquake strike far enough from the waters to be able create a destructive wave.

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