Myanmar earthquake: Powerful tremor near Mawlaik felt in India and Bangladesh

PUBLISHED Wed, April 13, 2016 - 10:15am EDT

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 has struck northwest Myanmar, centered near Mawlaik and Mandalay, according to seismologists. Shaking has been felt as far away as Bangladesh and parts of India. (more)

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The earthquake, which struck at about 8:25 p.m. local time on Wednesday, was centered about 170 kilometers (105 miles) northwest of Mandalay, or about 385 kilometers (239 miles) northwest of the capital Naypyidaw. It struck about 134 kilometers (83 miles) below the surface, making it a relatively deep earthquake.

Initial reports of damage are coming in but there have been no immediate reports of casualties. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 would be felt across a large region and is capable of causing serious damage. The depth of the earthquake would minimize the effects.

Residents in the city of Yangon felt strong shaking, prompting many people to run outside, but there were no immediate reports of casualties from that particular area. Details from the region that experienced the strongest shaking were not yet available.

In neighboring Bangladesh, strong shaking and minor damage was reported in the capital Dhaka, and shaking was felt as far away as eastern parts of India, including the cities of Guwahati and Kolkata where people fled their buildings. Light shaking was also felt in New Delhi, where the metro was briefly halted.

Computer models from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated that as many as 42 million people across the region may have felt the earthquake, including some 745,000 people who may have felt "strong" shaking. Its computer models estimated that casualties were likely.

Because Wednesday's earthquake struck on land, there is no threat of a tsunami.

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