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Double quake rocks Myanmar

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Double quake rocks Myanmar


Two large earthquakes have struck Myanmar and the wider Asia region.

The US geological survey initially said both tremors were around 7.0 magnitude with each striking within minutes of each other, but later revised the strength to 6.8.

The quakes took place on Myanmar’s border with Thailand and Laos.

Witnesses said the tremors were felt in Bangkok, central Myanmar and as far away as the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi where people were evacuated from tall buildings.

Thai police said a 53-year-old woman in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, was killed when one wall of her house collapsed. Hospital officials said there were no other deaths or injuries reported

The US Geological Survey says one quake was shallow, centred 10 kilometres below the surface of the earth, and the other struck at a depth of 230 kilometres, which is exceptionally deep.

Earlier this month, an earthquake in China, near the border with Myanmar, killed almost two dozen people.

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