Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quake strikes Burma, shakes Bangkok buildings

An earthquake of 6.7magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the northeastern region of Burma, about 56 kilometres from Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district, the Meteorological Department reported on Thursday.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 20.87 degrees latitude and 99.91 degrees longitude.

The department said people living in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Nan provinces also felt the quake.

People living in buildings in Bangkok's Asoke, Sathorn and Sukhumvit districts posted on Twitter that they felt the buildings sway.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it was located too far inland to generate a destructive wave.

Magnitude-7.0 quake hits Burma

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck eastern Burma Thursday, the US Geological Survey reported.
A scientist points to a seismograph. A magnitude-7.0 earthquake has struck eastern Myanmar, according to the US Geological Survey.
The epicentre, in the hills of Burma close to the borders with Thailand and Laos, was only 10 kilometres (six miles) deep.
It was located 90 kilometres (56 miles) north of Chiang Rai in Thailand and 235 kilometres (146 miles) north-north-east of Chiang Mai, Thailand's second city and a popular tourist destination.
No tsunami warning was issued, with seismologists saying the quake was too far inland to generate a devastating wave in the Indian Ocean.