May 11, 2006

Quake hits Myanmar, no damage: Thai official

BANGKOK (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude 5.4 on
the Richter Scale struck western Myanmar, but there were no
immediate reports of damage or casualties, a Thai official said
on Friday.

The quake struck at 1727 GMT (1:27 p.m. EDT) on Thursday,
or just before midnight Myanmar time, about 230 km (140 miles)
northwest of Mandalay, the Hong Kong Observatory said earlier.

A spokesman for Thailand's Meteorological Dept. said the
tremors hit 162 km south of Imphal on the Myanmar-India border.

"No damage or casualties have been reported so far," the
spokesman told Reuters.

The former Burma's thinly populated northeastern and
northwestern regions are quake-prone.