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Strong earthquake strikes northern Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar, Nov 11 : A strong earthquake has struck northern Myanmar, but no injuries were immediately reported.  The magnitude-6.6 temblor hit the area at 7:42 a.m. Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  The

PTI [ Updated: November 11, 2012 8:37 IST ]
strong earthquake strikes northern myanmar
strong earthquake strikes northern myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar, Nov 11 : A strong earthquake has struck northern Myanmar, but no injuries were immediately reported.


 

The magnitude-6.6 temblor hit the area at 7:42 a.m. Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
The quake had a depth of just 10 kilometers  and hit 117 kilometers  north of Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city.
 
Residents from Mandalay, the second biggest commercial city in central Myanmar, told Reuters that they felt a very strong tremor at about 7:30 a.m.
 
"I've never felt such strong tremor. I also heard some loud noises and the light went out. No idea about the damage," a local resident said.
 
Residents in Bangkok, the capital of neighboring Thailand, also said the felt the strong quake.
 
Officials from the Nay Pyi Taw-based Meteorological Departments were not immediately available for comment.
 
 It comes just a week ahead of a visit to Myanmar by President Barack Obama. Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit the one-time pariah nation, which is emerging from decades of military rule.
 

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