Two dead as strong quake hits Myanmar
A strong earthquake struck Myanmar near the Thai border yesterday, killing at least two people, including a child, officials from both countries said, with shaking felt across southeast Asia.
Tremors spread as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres south of the epicentre, Hanoi and Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw.
The quake was initially put at magnitude-7.0 by the the US Geological Survey, before being revised to 6.8. A powerful aftershock was later measured at magnitude 5.4 by the USGS.
The epicentre was close to the borders with Thailand and Laos and was just 10 kilometres deep.
A Myanmar official said the youngster died in a town close to the border with Thailand.
Another three people were reported to have been injured in a different part of the town, which was close to the epicentre of the quake.
Just across the border in Thailand, police in Mae Sai district said a 52-year-old woman was killed after a wall of her house collapsed.
No tsunami warning was issued after the quake as US seismologists said it was too far inland to generate a devastating wave in the Indian Ocean.