Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Earthquake measuring 6.9 in magnitude rocks Myanmar; tremors felt in north India. (Depth 137 km)

An earthquake measuring 6.9 in magnitude hit Myanmar on Wednesday evening, triggering tremors in parts of Kolkata, Guwahati, Patna, Bhubaneswar and, also, Delhi.

Tremors were also felt in many parts of North and East India.

This earthquake is expected to have a high humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population.

No casualties had been reported so far.

TV news channels beamed images of people running out of their houses in West Bengal capital Kolkata and assembling on roads. Offices and movie theatres were evacuated.
  • Magnitude    Mw 6.9
Region    MYANMAR
Date time    2016-04-13 13:55:17.7 UTC
Location    23.14 N ; 94.93 E
  • Depth    137 km
  •     175 km NW of Mandalay, Myanmar / pop: 1,208,099 / local time: 20:25:17.7 2016-04-13
  • 76 km SE of Mawlaik, Myanmar / pop: 44,540 / local time: 20:25:17.7 2016-04-13
  • M6.9 - 74km SE of Mawlaik, Burma...

Nearby Places

    74.0 km (46.0 mi) SE of Mawlaik, Burma
    103.0 km (64.0 mi) NW of Shwebo, Burma
    115.0 km (71.5 mi) NNW of Monywa, Burma
    165.0 km (102.5 mi) W of Mogok, Burma
    396.0 km (246.1 mi) NNW of Nay Pyi Taw, Burma


  1. A witness cited by Reuters reported strong tremors in the eastern Indian city of Guwahati.

    Tremors were also reportedly felt as far away as India's former capital, Kolkata.

    Buildings have been evacuated in Kolkata.

  2. Sirens could be heard blowing on some streets in the former capital, with people sounding alarm to alert residents of high-rise buildings, India's NDTV reported, citing eyewitnesses.

  3. The extent of the damage caused by the quake is not known, but it originated at 74km SE of Mawlaik, Burma...

    This is the second earthquake since Sunday. On Sunday an earthquake measuring 6.6 had hit the Hindu kush region.

  4. Initial reports from Myanmar were that the quake didn't last long and that there appears to be no injuries, deaths, or damage.

  5. The US Geological Survey says the magnitude-6.9 quake struck Wednesday evening at a depth of 135 kilometers (84 miles)...

    Germany's Research Center for Geosciences says the magnitude was 7.1.

  6. Residents in Myanmar's main city of Yangon panicked after the quake struck, but authorities there said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

    An Associated Press journalist who was in a hospital in Yangon at the time of the quake said the six-story building shook strongly twice, for at least a minute. Many people in the hospital, including patients, staff and visitors, ran out of the building and began calling their loved ones.

  7. Residents in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state, ran out of their homes in panic as the earthquake hit the region, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

    People also reported feeling the quake in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, 484 kilometers (300 miles) from the epicenter.

  8. An earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude hit north-east India in January, near its borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, killing at least nine people.

    In March 2011, at least 75 people died when a powerful earthquake hit Myanmar near the borders with Laos and Thailand.

  9. About 18 areas in Myanmar covering Yangon, Ayeyawaddy, Rakhine, Kalay, Monywa, Mandalay, Kyaukpadaung, Bagan, Toungoo, Thandwe, Sittway, Yenanchaung, Pyin Oo Lwin, Myaungmya and Nyaungdon felt the quake.

    No immediate report about the casualties is available.

  10. Minimal damage reported after strong quake hit Myanmar...

    No casualties were reported Thursday after an earthquake hit northern Myanmar, but authorities announced that three pagodas had suffered serious damage.

    The Ministry of Information said on its website that the affected structures were located in the central Sagaing region, but there had been no reports of deaths or injured persons.

    Myanmar is globally famous for its ancient temples, but none of those damaged by the magnitude 6.9 tremor, which struck Wednesday night, were at world heritage sites.

    The secretary of the Myanmar Earthquake Committee, a non-profit organization, told Anadolu Agency that any damage at the epicenter of the temblor would be minor as the region is underdeveloped and not densely populated.

    "We need to take great care for the sequel small earthquakes after the major one as Myanmar sits on a main world earthquake belt,” Myo Thant said by phone Thursday.

    He added that one of the many fault lines on the belt -- ranked among the world's two most active -- runs north to south through Myanmar’s central plain, placing the country’s two largest cities -- Mandalay and commercial capital Yangon -- at risk.....


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