An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck Myanmar on Wednesday, with tremors being felt in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Laos, and China. In India, cities of Kolkata, Ranchi, Patna, and Guwahati felt the tremors. Metro services had been temporarily suspended in Kolkata following the tremors. China’s People’s Daily reported that ancient temples collapsed in the west Meiktila region of Myanmar. Unverified reports state that many pagodas in Bagan region of Myanmar were damaged by the earthquake. In Kolkata and other cities of the region people rushed out of their houses and offices. The earthquake hit just after 5 p.m(local time) in Central Myanmar, 58 kilometres north-west of the city of Yenangyaung. United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the quake struck at a depth of 84.1 kilometres. People in Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos and China were also reported to have felt the tremors. Witnesses said that the tremors lasted for several miniutes though no loss of life or property has come into the light yet. News agency AFP quoting ATN Bangla television reported that at least 20 people were injured as panicked workers tried to flee a building in the industrial area of Savar outside Dhaka.
Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar and this is the second one to rock the nation in 2 days. “So far as we heard from our local staff, a three-storey building collapsed in Chauk and a pagoda was badly damaged in a town called Yenanchaung,” a fire department official in the regional capital Magwe told Reuters. Yesterday, an earthquake of magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale had rocked Myanmar, while its tremors were felt in North East India too. India’s northeast is one of the most earthquake-prone regions in the world.
#BREAKING: Temples collapsed after the 6.8M #earthquake hits west Meiktila of #Myanmar on Wed pic.twitter.com/NkeCTxKfa5
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Myanmar is in a seismically active part of the world where the Indo-Australian Plate runs up against the Eurasian Plate. Experts say that two 6+ magnitude earthquake were related to fault lines around the Eurasian Plate. The tremors shook the tallest of the buildings in the city of Yangon, witnesses said.
Office buildings in Bangkok also shook for a few seconds, residents there said. The USGS suggests that 41.8 million people across the region might have felt the tremors, including 1.5 million people who could have experienced strong shaking. Earlier in the day, a quake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked Central Italy killing more than 30 people.