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5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Myanmar, India-China shook

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  • 31 May, 2023 22:47:32

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International Desk: An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 has struck the neighboring country Myanmar. The earthquake was felt in the country's southwestern Kachin state around 5:50 pm on Wednesday (May 31). The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the epicenter was about 125 kilometers (78 miles) west-southwest of the city of Myitkyina. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the surface. The agency also said moderate tremors were also felt in parts of northern Myanmar.

Light tremors were also felt over parts of northeast India and far southwest China. Local authorities said there were no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake. However, it is expected that the infrastructure located near the center may be slightly damaged. It is also reported that it will take some time to assess the damage. According to the Myanmar Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of mild to moderate aftershocks in different parts of the country in the next few days.

Necessary steps have been taken to deal with this situation. According to a government advisory, be prepared to evacuate high-rise buildings keeping in mind the aftershocks. There is a need to consider additional schedules as there may be disruptions in air and road connectivity. Moreover, as there is a risk of landslides, one should know the condition of the roads before driving in hilly areas.


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