Powerful Quake Hits Myanmar, Felt in India; Number Major Damage

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:28 PM

There were number immediate reports of serious injuries or major damage. The magnitude-6.9 quake struck at a depth of one hundred thirty-five kilometers (eighty-four miles), three hundred ninety-six kilometers (two hundred forty-six miles) N of Myanmar'south capital, Naypyidaw, according to the U.

A powerful earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday night and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh, causing residents to rush out of their homes in panic. There were number immediate reports of serious injuries or major damage.

The magnitude-6.9 quake struck at a depth of one hundred thirty-five kilometers (eighty-four miles), three hundred ninety-six kilometers (two hundred forty-six miles) N of Myanmar'south capital, Naypyidaw, according to the U. S. Geological Survey.

Residents in Myanmar'south main city of Yangon panicked after the quake struck, but authorities there said there were number immediate reports of injuries or damage.

An Associated Press journalist who was in a hospital in Yangon at the time of the quake said the six-story building shook strongly twice, for at minimum a minute. Many people in the hospital, including patients, staff and visitors, ran out of the building and began calling their loved ones.

"I was sleeping on my bed when suddenly I felt the ground shaking. The first time it was intense, but the second time it was lighter," said Aung Thu, twenty-five, who's been spending nights at the hospital for the latest week to get care of his elder brother. "I'd experienced this kind of earthquake before, so I wasn't that scared. But I was concerned because my brother is ill, and I necessity to get care of him."

He said he was on the third floor of the Shwegonedine Specialist Middle hospital, and as soon as he felt the quake he called his wife and son to tell them to be "prepared for the worst."

The quake was centered in the jungle and hills around two hundred twenty kilometers (one hundred thirty-seven miles) northwest of Mandalay, Myanmar'south second-biggest city. While the area is prone to earthquakes, it's generally sparsely populated, and most houses are low-rise structures.

Since the area is remote and the quake happened at night, a full assessment of the situation wasn't expected before Thursday morning.

In Monywa, a city one hundred thirty-six kilometers (eighty-five miles) northwest of Mandalay, Ko Hein Linn Htet, a 23-year-old hotel receptionist, said there was number major damage in the city, though there were some cracks along the walls in some buildings.

Zaw Myint Htoo, a 38-year-old resident of Mogok, two hundred kilometers (one hundred twenty-four miles) N of Mandalay, confirmed there was number major damage in that city.

The tremors were felt in the eastern Indian states of Assam and W Bengal, including in the area of Assam'south Kaziranga National Park, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting during their royal tour of India. The British High Commission in New Delhi said Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, were safe.

"We felt the tremor very strongly, but all is fine," said British Deputy High Commissioner Scott Furssedonn-Wood, who was staying in the same 12-cottage jungle resort as the royal couple.

William and Kate were spending the night in the park area, and were scheduled to leave for neighboring Bhutan on Thursday.

A failure at a power Sta in eastern Assam caused outages in several parts of the state.

In Assam'south capital, Gauhati, people rushed outdoors as they felt powerful tremors and buildings swaying. Cellphone services were disrupted, and wall-mounted television sets crashed to the ground at a local TV station. Police said they were still assessing the situation.

Residents in Kolkata, the capital of W Bengal state, ran out of their homes in panic as the earthquake hit the region, but there were number immediate reports of serious injuries or damage.

Villagers in Tusom, close the Indian state of Manipur'south border with Myanmar, said the earthquake felt weaker than the magnitude-6.7 quake that rattled the region on Jan four, killing eight people and damaging about 2.000 homes. Wednesday'south quake was also felt in Manipur'south capital of Imphal.

People also reported feeling the quake in Bangladesh'south capital, Dhaka, four hundred eighty-four kilometers (three hundred miles) from the epicenter.

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