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Strong earthquake affects over a dozen areas in Myanmar

11-11-2012 13:25 BJT

YANGON, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Sunday morning's 6.8 magnitude earthquake has affected over a dozen areas in Myanmar, of which Shwebo in Sagaing region is initially reported to be the worst-hit one.

Shwebo lies at a distance of 72 kilometers to the epicenter of Tabaitgine in Sagaing region.

According to local sources, some residential houses were destroyed and some pagodas hit in Shwebo with casualties so far unknown.

The quake was also felt in Kaw Lin, Homalin, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Maw Like, Myinmu, Monywa, Moenyin, Pakokku, Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin and Meikthila. An ongoing river-crossing bridge project, the Yadana Theinka , that links Shwebo, Kyaukmyaung and Singu, was damaged.

The quake struck Myanmar's northern Mandalay region Sunday morning with the epicenter at Tabaitgine, about 131 kilometers north of Mandalay city and 72 kilometers north of Shwebo township.

Tremor was also felt in Dehong Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province that shares borders with Myanmar and Bangkok of neighboring Thailand, sources said.

With a depth of 20 km, the quake happened at 07:40:37 hours local time (01:10:37 GMT).

According to experts, Sagaing region lies on an earthquake belt.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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