Moderate quake shakes central Myanmar

The US Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and struck at a depth of 68.4 kilometres.

Yangon: A moderate earthquake has shaken central Myanmar near the Indian border.

The US Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and struck at a depth of 68.4 kilometres. Myanmar`s meteorological and seismic agency put the magnitude at 5.8.

An official from the Myanmar agency says no casualties or damage have been reported. The quake occurred today at 8:51 am Local time.
The official says the quake`s epicenter was about 215 kilometres northwest of Mandalay, Myanmar`s second largest city. He says it was felt in Hakha, the capital of northwestern Chin state. He spoke anonymously because he wasn`t authorised to release information.

The area affected is not densely populated. It falls within an earthquake belt where tremors are fairly common but usually not destructive.

PTI