No damages, casualties reported in moderate quake in southern Myanmar

Strong 6.0 quake hits central Myanmar: USGS

A strong magnitude 6.0 natural disaster and a series of aftershocks hit Myanmar's central Bago Region early Friday morning, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

The shallow quake struck at a depth of 10 km (six miles) some 40 km (24 miles) west of the town of Phyu and 176 km (110 miles) northwest of Yangon.

Myanmar's Department of Meteorology and Hydrology added that the magnitude of the quake was "worrying" and the area should expect aftershocks for up to a month.

USGS said that although buildings in Myanmar are usually vulnerable to earthquakes, casualties and damage are unlikely in this case since so few people live near the epicenter.

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Myanmar, which is home to four major faults, is known for being very quake prone.

The natural disaster struck at 00:56 a.m. local time.

But after daylight broke, no major damage or casualties had yet been reported.


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