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5.7-magnitude quake hits Myanmar— seismologists

/ 09:26 PM September 20, 2013

YANGON — A shallow 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck close to Myanmar’s second-biggest city on Friday evening, seismologists said.

The quake hit at 6:54 p.m. local time (1224 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), the US Geological Survey said.

It was 110 kilometers north of the city of Mandalay.

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The agency indicated the quake caused strong shaking and issued a yellow alert, suggesting a mid-level risk of fatalities.

Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar.

The USGS said six strong earthquakes, of 7.0-magnitude and more, struck between 1930 and 1956 near the Sagaing Fault which runs north to south through the center of the country.

Last November a powerful earthquake left more than 20 people dead and destroyed hundreds of buildings in Mandalay and surrounding villages.

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