Deadly M5.1 earthquake hits Burma: 2 dead and 36 injured after temple collapses

A moderate earthquake shook Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, on March 13, 2016, killing 2 and injuring at least 36 after a temple collapsed.

The deadly M5.1 quake was centered about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northwest of Yangon at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.

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Two people were killed and 36 others injured due to wall collapse of a residential quarter after an earthquake struck Taikkyi, Myanmar’s Yangon region Monday.

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Residents of Yangon felt the tremor for about 30 seconds. Subsequently, a replica of magnitude 4.7 has shaken this same area. There were reports of 20 aftershocks.

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The two victims are a 58-year-old military officer and a six-year-old child. All the injured were hospitalized and 31 of them already discharged.

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The quake damaged some religious buildings in Taikkyi while some residential quarters of township police station and civilian houses also collapsed.

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The moderate earthquake of 5.1 magnitude hit the Yangon region at 8:49 p.m. 35.4 km northwest of Yangon and 8.04 km southwest of Taikkyi township, outskirt of Yangon region.

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Myanmar is in an active earthquake belt. Older buildings and structures are most vulnerable.

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