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.
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.
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.
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.
The quake damaged some religious buildings in Taikkyi while some residential quarters of township police station and civilian houses also collapsed.
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.
Myanmar is in an active earthquake belt. Older buildings and structures are most vulnerable.