published Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Moderate quake shakes central Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — A moderate earthquake has shaken central Myanmar near the Indian border.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and struck at a depth of 68.4 kilometers (42.5 miles). Myanmar’s meteorological and seismic agency put the magnitude at 5.8.

An official from the Myanmar agency says no casualties or damage have been reported. The quake occurred Sunday at 8:51 a.m. local time.

The official says the quake’s epicenter was about 215 kilometers (135 miles) northwest of Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. He says it was felt in Hakha, the capital of northwestern Chin state. He spoke anonymously because he wasn’t authorized to release information.

The area affected is not densely populated. It falls within an earthquake belt where tremors are fairly common but usually not destructive.

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