Moderate Quake 5.5 Richter struck Myanmar

July 28th, 2008 - 10:24 am ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Earth quake magnitude 5.5 hit Myanmar at Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 22:42:07 UTC ( Monday 05:12:07 AM local time).

The epicenter of the earth quake located at 23.566°N, 94.761°E at a depth of 112.1 km. The epicenter is 160 km SSE from Imphal, Manipur, India 165 km NNW from Monywa, Myanmar, 665 km E from Calcutta, West Bengal and 1845 km ESE from New Delhi, India. There is no reports of damage or casualties.

Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia.

The country is bordered by the People’s Republic of China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest, with the Bay of Bengal to the southwest. One-third of Burma’s total perimeter, 1,930 kilometers (1,199 mi), forms an uninterrupted coastline.

The worst natural disaster in Burma history was on May 3, 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated the country when winds of up to 215kph (135 mph) hit the country’s Irrawaddy delta. Damage totaled to 10 billion dollars (USD); Shari Villarosa, who leads the U.S. Embassy in Yangon, said the number of dead could eventually exceed 140,800 because of illnesses and injury.

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