The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has announced that a magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck the country of Myanmar in Southeast Asia. The quake was determined to have begun at 13:55 UTC on April 13, 2016.
It was located about 45 miles southeast of Mawlaik, Burma, at 23.133 north latitude and 94.900 east longitude. This places the strike in the northwest portion of the country and relatively close to the border with India. Reuters reported witness accounts of tremors felt in the eastern Indian city of Guwahati. It struck at a depth of about 80 miles and is considered to be a strong quake.
This magnitude classification may cause a lot of damage in highly populated areas. There are an estimated 100 yearly quakes in the 6.1 to 6.9 range worldwide. Earthquakes are measured by moment magnitude scale, which is more accurate than the older Richter scale.
Myanmar is also known as Burma. It borders the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Bangladesh and Thailand. Slightly smaller than Texas in the United States, almost half its land is forested, and about 20 percent is devoted to agriculture. This nation is home to about 56 million people.
Guardian Liberty Voice will update the information as it becomes available.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Cathy Milne
USGS ENS: M6.9 Burma
USGS: Measuring the Size of an Earthquake
Michigan Tech: UPSeis: Earthquake Magnitude Scale and Class
Central Intelligence Agency: World Factbook Burma
ITV: Major earthquake strikes Myanmar
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