Moderate earthquake shakes Myanmar

2017-03-13 18:13


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Yangon - A moderate earthquake shook Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

The US Geological Survey said the quake measured a preliminary magnitude of 5.1. Its epicentre was about 70km northwest of Yangon at a relatively shallow depth of 10km below ground. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.

Myanmar is in an active earthquake belt, though many of the quakes occur in sparsely populated areas, causing relatively little damage.

In August last year, a 6.8 magnitude quake struck central Myanmar, killing at least four people and damaging at least 171 pagodas at the famous archaeological site of Bagan, whose structures are more than seven centuries old.

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