Strong earthquake strikes central Myanmar

A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck a remote region of Central Myanmar early Friday (Jan 12), New Straits Times Online reported quoting the US Geological Survey.

The tremor was located about 40 kilometres west of the town of Pyu and it was followed by three weaker quakes all of magnitude 5.3.  The quake and aftershocks were strongly felt in the northern provinces of Thailand with several people living in highrise complaining of dizziness.

“There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage,” said USGS, noting that residential structures in the region are typically vulnerable to earthquake shaking.

The epicenter was located in a sparsely populated region between capital Naypyidaw to the north and commercial hub Yangon to the south, at least 150 kilometres from each other.

Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar where six strong quakes of 7.0 magnitude or more struck between 1930-1956 near the Sagaing Fault which runs north to south through the centre of the country.

No immediate reports of casualties are available on Friday.