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Friday, March 25, 2011

Massive earthquake hits Burma near Thailand border


AT least 75 people were killed when a strong earthquake struck Burma, officials said today, with fears that the toll would rise as news filtered through from remote areas still cut off.
Tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800km from the epicentre, Hanoi and parts of China when the earthquake hit late yesterday, which the US Geological Survey (USGS) measured at magnitude 6.8.
A Burma official said 74 people were killed and 110 were injured in five areas close to the epicentre. More than 240 buildings had collapsed.
"We are trying to reach the remote areas," the official said.
"The military, police and local authorities are trying to find some people injured in those affected areas but the roads are still closed."
Terrified residents fled their homes, tall buildings swayed and hospitals and schools were evacuated.
The epicentre was close to the borders with Thailand and Laos and was just 10km deep
The Australian

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