Myanmar Earthquake: 5 Facts About the Latest Frightening Shake

myanmar burma mapEarlier today, two very strong and close earthquakes rumbled in northeastern Myanmar, formerly known as Burma under British rule. The quakes struck near Myanmar's borders with Thailand and Laos and not too far from China. Effects of the quake could be felt as far away as 500 miles south in Bangkok, causing buildings there to sway.

This is such terrifying news less than two weeks after the massive quake and tsunami in Japan. However, it does not appear at this time that we will see the sort of devastation we saw in Japan.


5 Facts About This Latest Earthquake in Myanmar

Here's the latest news about the Myanmar quake we could find at this hour.

1. At least 11 people reported killed, according to Channel 6 News in New York.

2. No tsunami resulted from the quakes, as the quakes happened too far inland to create a massive wave like we saw almost two weeks ago in Japan, says HuffPo.

3. The first 7.0-magnitude quake was just 6 miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey; however, it was followed by a second quake of the same magnitude that traveled far deeper: 140 miles deep, says HuffPo

4. The remote region where the quake struck will mostly likely experience minimal economic impact, aside from hits to agriculture and limited tourism. The only other industry of note in the region is opium, which has been on the decline for more than a decade, says the Christian Science Monitor.

5. This quake is not associated with the fault lines in Japan, says CNN.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Myanmar and the surrounding areas.


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