Earthquake hits Myanmar, number immediate reports of damage

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:20 PM

S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, sending powerful tremors through Myanmar, eastern India, Bangladesh and parts of Nepal. There were number immediate reports of major damage or loss of life as a result of the tremor, located around one hundred kilometer (sixty-two miles) north-northwest of the city of Monywa at an estimated depth of one hundred thirty-four km."We haven't heard any reports of casualties or damage," said an official from Myanmar'south meteorological dept based in the capital Naypyitaw.

An earthquake with a size of 6.9 struck northwestern Myanmar on Wednesday, the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, sending powerful tremors through Myanmar, eastern India, Bangladesh and parts of Nepal.

There were number immediate reports of major damage or loss of life as a result of the tremor, located around one hundred kilometer (sixty-two miles) north-northwest of the city of Monywa at an estimated depth of one hundred thirty-four km.

"We haven't heard any reports of casualties or damage," said an official from Myanmar'south meteorological dept based in the capital Naypyitaw. "So distant as I know the epicenter wasn't in a densely populated area."

Witnesses in Bagan, central Myanmar, said some tourists left their hotel rooms and stood exterior when they felt the tremor. They saw number sign of damage to buildings, however.

Electricity was slice off in parts of northeastern India as thermal power stations were close down as a precautionary measure.

"I felt the tremor three times. I saw people rushing out," said Rupak De Chowdhuri, a Reuters photographer in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

Britain'south Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were visiting the northeastern Indian state of Assam on Wednesday, were safe, the British High Commission in New Delhi said.

Tremors were also felt in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh, as well as in eastern Nepal.

"We felt the quake. But it wasn't so powerful to create us flee our homes," said Dinesh Rai, a resident of Nepal'south eastern state of Jhapa.

(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun in YANGON, New Delhi bureau, Biswajyoti Das in GUWAHATI, Rupak De Chowdhuri in KOLKATA, Jatindra Dash in BHUBANESWAR, Gopal Sharma in KATHMANDU and Ruma Paul in DHAKA; Writing by Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Mike Collett-White)

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