Powerful quake rocks Myanmar, killing at least 3

An quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit different parts of the country and India, Myanmar and Thailand yesterday afternoon. The biggest damage is to the bank building in the town.

The ancient Sulamuni temple seen shrouded in dust as a 6.8 magnitude quake hit Bagan in central Myanmar.

Officials of Myanmar's department of archaeology were assessing the damage on Wednesday evening.

Holy sites include the Ananda Temple, built in 1091, which is topped with a golden stupa.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) quake bulletin, the epicentre of the tremor was located at a distance of 190 km southwest of Mandalay in Myanmar.

While it was deep, the quake has been widely felt across the region, with tremors felt hundreds of kilometres to the west in India and to the east in Thailand's capital of Bangkok.

Bangladesh television showed people running into the streets in towns near the border with Myanmar.

Luckily, damage elsewhere was relatively light and more lives were not threatened by the massive quake.

People in Yangon, the country's main city, rushed from tower blocks and other tall buildings, while objects, including buddhist shrines, reportedly fell in people's homes.

Strong tremors of natural disaster were felt in various parts of the country, including Kolkata, Patna and Guwahati at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

A local elected official told AFP the quake and subsequent tremors went on for minutes.

"All of us ran to the streets, leaving houses and shops unsecured as the quake seemed very risky", Mr Nazmus Sakib of Chittagong near the Myanmar border, wrote on Facebook. "Many people were scared and they ran out of the buildings", Maung Maung Kyaw, a local official of the ruling National League for Democracy told Reuters.

"I went outside to check the situation in the town". "They are in two completely different seismic zones", John Bellinni of the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Local officials told the news agency that there had been three deaths, including two children who were killed when a riverbank collapsed.

"We haven't heard any information about casualties". "More than eight pagodas in town collapsed", he said, referring to Chauk.

The quake hit around 4:34 p.m. local time about 15 miles west of Chauk, near the ancient capital of Bagan, and shook buildings in Myanmar's largest city of Yangon.

Myanmar was struck particularly hard as it is located in a seismically active area where the Indo-Australian Plate runs against the Eurasian Plate, Reuters reports.



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