Myanmar 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake, formerly Burma

News of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Myanmar at 8:25 pm Myanmar time. Fox is reporting the quake was 120 140 miles deep (see differing info from USGS below). It has been felt some 70 miles away. Details as they become available.

Myanmar (Burma)

UPDATE 10:44 am CDT: Huffington Post reports one death:

A woman in an area north of Chiang Rai, just two miles (four kilometers) from the border, died when a brick wall collapsed on her, according to police Capt. Weerapon Samranjai.

“It was like somebody was running on the roof. Everybody was in a panic. They came out of their houses and wondered what happened,” said Maj. Gen. Mongkol Sampawapon, a police chief from another district near Chiang Rai.

UPDATE 10:40 am CDT: CNN is reporting the magnitude has been lowered to 6.8. A second quake measuring 4.8 hit one hour after the initial tremblor. No immediate reports of damage or injury.

This from the USGS, and note they are showing the depth at only 6.2 miles:

Magnitude 7.0

Date-Time Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 13:55:12 UTC

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 08:25:12 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 20.705°N, 99.949°E

Depth 10 km (6.2 miles)


89 km (55 miles) N of Chiang Rai, Thailand
168 km (104 miles) SSW of Yunjinghong, Yunnan, China
589 km (365 miles) NE of Rangoon, Myanmar
772 km (479 miles) N of BANGKOK, Thailand

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 15.4 km (9.6 miles); depth +/- 5.8 km (3.6 miles)

NST=109, Nph=109, Dmin=234.9 km, Rmss=0.88 sec, Gp= 36°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=C


Event ID usc0002aes

CNN is confirming that the USGS revised the depth of the quake to 6 miles.

A destructive tsunami is not expected, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.  In advice to government agencies, the center said the quake “is located too far inland and too deep inside the earth to generate a tsunami in the Indian Ocean.”

Source: ABC News
The quake happened the country’s borders with Thailand and Laos, about 70 miles from the northern Taie city of Chiang Rai.

I see Tweets coming through saying there has been a second earthquake (probably an aftershock, but no other details)

Reports of buildings swaying in Bangkok. The epicenter was 69 miles from Chiang Rai, Thailand.

  • The ring of fire has been VERY active as of late.