Women who rushed outdoors following tremors speak on their mobile phones outside their houses in Kolkata, India.  A strong earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday night and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh, causing residents to rush out of their homes in panic.
Women who rushed outdoors following tremors speak on their mobile phones outside their houses in Kolkata, India. A strong earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday night and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh, causing residents to rush out of their homes in panic. AP

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits north-west Myanmar

AN earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 has struck north-western Myanmar, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says, sending strong tremors through Myanmar, eastern India, Bangladesh and parts of Nepal.

There were no immediate reports of major damage or loss of life as a result of the tremor, located around 100 kilometres north-north-west of the city of Monywa at an estimated depth of 134 kilometres.

Injuries and minor building damage have been reported in neighbouring areas and countries like India and Bangladesh.

Around 50 people suffered mainly leg injuries in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and north-eastern city of Sylhet as they fled homes and other buildings during the quake, according to police.

But an MP from the Sagaing region in Myanmar, around 100 kilometres away from the epicentre, said it may be too early to tell the full extent of the damage.

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