Strong quake hits Myanmar, tremors felt in India

No reports of damage or injuries as magnitude 6.9 quake strikes northern Myanmar, according to US Geological Survey.

    A strong earthquake has struck northern Myanmar and has been felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh.
    The magnitude 6.9 quake struck on Wednesday at a depth of 135km, nearly 400km north of Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, according to the US Geological Survey.

    Residents in Myanmar's main city of Yangon panicked after the tremble, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
    "We haven't heard any reports of casualties or damage," said an official from Myanmar's meteorological department based in the capital, Naypyitaw. "So far as I know the epicentre wasn't in a densely populated area."

    The quake, which centred on the jungle and hills northwest of Mandalay, Myanmar's second-biggest city, was felt in the eastern Indian states of Assam and West Bengal.
    People also reported feeling the quake in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, 484km from the epicentre [Mahmud Hosain Opu/Al Jazeera]

    The tremors were felt in Assam's Kaziranga area, where the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge are visiting during their royal tour of India.
    'Ground shaking'

    In Kolkata, one of India's biggest cities, people spilled out of their houses on to the streets, the AFP news agency reported.

    "I was inside, working and then suddenly I felt the ground shaking," local resident Chiranjeet Ghosh told television news channels.

    "People started yelling 'something is happening, let's get out!' and we immediately rushed out.

    "I came out and saw that everyone else around here had already evacuated their homes and poured on to the streets."

    Residents in Kolkata also reported seeing cracks appearing in buildings following the quake, while the city's metro was suspended for a few minutes.

    Chinese official news agency Xinhua said strong tremors were felt in Tibet.

    "Xinhua reporters said strong tremors, lasting for about a minute, were felt in Lhasa, the regional capital," the agency said. "Some residents were seen rushing out of their houses for safety."

    People also reported feeling the quake in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, 484km from the epicentre.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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