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6.8-Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Myanmar

March 24, 2011

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar on Thursday night, shaking buildings as far away as Bangkok.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 600,000 people could feel shaking anywhere from strong to violent.  It said that buildings in the area could be expected to have moderate to very heavy damage because buildings in the area are considered vulnerable.

Buildings in Bangkok, which is located about 480 miles south of the epicenter, also felt the effects of the quake.

The USGS said that a second earthquake hit about half an hour later, with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8.

Max Jones, a resident of the Thai capital, told ABC News that he was in his 27th-floor apartment when his building started shaking so hard he had to grab the walls to keep from falling.

“It was bloody scary, I can tell you,” he said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake “is located too far inland and too deep inside the earth to generate a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.”

The quake was less powerful than the one that hit Japan two weeks ago, causing a tsunami and leaving thousands dead or missing.

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