Myanmar earthquake: 5.1 tremor felt in India and Bangladesh


PUBLISHED Tue, January 03, 2017 - 2:04pm EST
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A moderate earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 has struck Myanmar, with shaking felt as far away as Bangladesh and parts of northeast India, seismologists say. Only few details were immediately available. (more)





The earthquake, which struck at 1:19 a.m. Myanmar time on Wednesday, was centered about 41 kilometers south of Mawlaik in western Myanmar, or 179 kilometers south of Imphāl in India. It struck at a depth of about 100 kilometers.

Both the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of Wednesday's earthquake at 5.3. They said strong shaking was felt across the region.

Witnesses reported feeling the earthquake in parts of Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Indian state of Assam, among other areas. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties as a result of the early-morning tremor.

On Tuesday, one woman was killed and several others were injured when a moderate earthquake hit the India-Bangladesh border.

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