Quake Hits Myanmar, Tremors in NE India

After Italy, a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar, just south of the ancient city of Bagan.

The quake struck at a depth of 84 kilometres, swayed high-rise buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

The quake was felt throughout south and southwestern Bangladesh close to the border with Myanmar.

At least 20 people were injured as panicked workers tried to flee a building in the industrial area of Savar outside Dhaka.

The epicentre struck near Chauk, a town on the Irrawaddy River around 30 kilometres south of Bagan, Myanmar’s most famous archaeological site and home to more than 2,500 Buddhist monuments.

Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar, though the country has not seen a major quake since 2012.