Friday, March 25, 2011

Myanmar Quake Myanmar Earthquake

KUNMING, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Residents in south China's Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region felt tremors after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Myanmar, which borders Yunnan on the west and southwest.

Buildings shook for over a minute, reported some villagers in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan. The epicenter is 40 km from the Myanmar-China border, the prefecture disaster relief headquarters said in a statement.

In Menghai County of west Xishuangbanna, 90 km from the centimeter, buildings of Bulang Ethnic Township School had cracks on the walls. More than 360 students and teachers were evacuated to the school's playground, Liu Yongli, the school principal said.
In Nanning City, capital of Guangxi, many residents evacuated from buildings after they felt the tremors.

Authorities of Yunnan and Guangxi are investigating losses and possible casualties from the quake.

A spokesman with Yunnan's seismological bureau said the quake is unlikely to cause serious casualties in the province, adding contacts between the bureau and its liaisons at the Myanmar-China border was not disrupted.

The quake's damage in China remains unknown and no casualty has been reported so far.

The earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale jolted Myanmar at 9:55 p.m.(Beijing Time) Thursday, according to the China Earthquake Network Center.

The epicenter, with a depth of 20 km, was monitored at 20.8 degrees north latitude and 99.8 degrees east longitude, the center said in a statement.

Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/

Myanmar Quake Jolts N Laos, No Casualties Reported

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Myanmar shook Laos' northern province of Bokeo and Luang Namtha on Thursday night, but no casualties have yet been reported.

According to a statement on Friday from Laos' Department of Meteorology and Hydrology at Water Resources and Environment Administration, the earthquake occurred at 20:25 local time, with a depth of 10 km in Myanmar's hilly areas bordering Thailand and Laos.

Aftershocks were felt at 21:23 and 22:55 local time respectively, measuring 4.8 and 5.4 on the Richter scale. The quake has left at least 65 people dead and 111 injured in Myanmar.

The statement said that people living in Bokeo and Luang Namtha provinces in the north of the country felt the quake, but no damage or injuries have been report from the sparsely populated region.

Earthquakes measuring below 5.0 on the Richter scale occur frequently in northern Laos, which experienced more than 30 such tremors from 2009 to 2011, the statement added.

On May 16, 2007, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked Laos. Tremors were felt in as far as Yunnan province of China, Hanoi of Vietnam and Bangkok of Thailand.

Source: http://english.cri.cn

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