August 14, 2018

Strong quake strikes central Myanmar

12 January 2018, 09:21 | Silvia Roy

Strong quake strikes central Myanmar

Strong quake strikes central Myanmar

A strong 6.0-magnitude quake hit central Myanmar early Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake struck around 24 miles from the town of Pyu, which has a population of just over 40,000 people.

"There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage", said USGS, noting that residential structures in the region are typically vulnerable to natural disaster shaking.

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"The natural disaster was quite strong and it repeated three times but I haven't heard anything about damage or casualties yet", Thet Sein told Reuters by telephone.

But after daylight broke, no major damage or casualties had yet been reported.

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The USGS, due to its remote location, more than 150 kilometres from both the commercial hub, Yangon and Naypyitaw, issued only the lowest level of alert for estimated economic losses and fatalities.

About 70 quakes jolted Myanmar in 2017.

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