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Earthquake shakes buildings in Rangoon

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake jolted buildings in Burma’s largest city and commercial hub Rangoon on Monday at about 8:50 p.m. There were no immediate reports of major damage or power cuts, with traffic in the city centre moving smoothly.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicentre was 69 km (43 miles) northwest of Rangoon at a depth of 10 km near the small town of Taik Kyi.

Tin Soe Min, a regional representative for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party said he had no reports of any residents being seriously injured or killed.

He said an old wall surrounding a local Buddhist monastery fell down and a few houses tilted to one side, but there were no other reports of serious damage.


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