Moderate earthquake shakes Myanmar's biggest city

AP News
Posted: Mar 13, 2017 11:39 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A moderate earthquake shook Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Monday night, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured a preliminary magnitude of 5.1. Its epicenter was about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northwest of Yangon at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) below ground. Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.

Myanmar is in an active earthquake belt, though many of the quakes occur in sparsely populated areas, causing relatively little damage.

In August last year, a 6.8 magnitude quake struck central Myanmar, killing at least four people and damaging at least 171 pagodas at the famous archaeological site of Bagan, whose structures are more than seven centuries old.