Wednesday, April 13, 2016

6.9 Earthquake Rumbles Through Myanmar

by JASmius

Not a major temblor, but big enough to cause major damage and loss of life in unprepared areas:

A strong earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday night and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The magnitude-6.9 quake struck at a depth of 135 kilometers (eighty-four miles), 396 kilometers (246 miles) north of Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Residents in Myanmar’s main city of Yangon panicked after the quake struck, but authorities there said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Based on my experience in the equal-strength Nisqually quake fifteen years ago, that sounds about right.

I just hope this one isn't a pre-shock to something a lot bigger.

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