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Report: Dozens killed in Myanmar earthquake

By the CNN Wire Staff
A Thai Buddhist monk inspects a fallen stupa of the Chedi Luang pagoda a day after a strong earthquake hit Myanmar.
A Thai Buddhist monk inspects a fallen stupa of the Chedi Luang pagoda a day after a strong earthquake hit Myanmar.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least 75 people are killed
  • The 6.8-magnitude quake injures at least 111
  • Myanmar has been badly hit by natural disasters in the past few years.

(CNN) -- The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit Myanmar has gone up to 75, state media reported Friday.

At least 111 people were injured, Myanmar Radio reported.

The 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar on Thursday near its borders with China, Thailand and Laos, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was a relatively shallow quake, which can be very destructive.

The Geological Survey said the quake was 6 miles (10 km) deep, putting it fairly close to the surface.

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Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has been badly hit by natural disasters in the past few years.

A powerful cyclone in 2008 left an estimated 100,000 people dead and another one two years later left 70,000 people homeless, the United Nations said.

The quake was significantly less powerful than the one that hit Japan two weeks ago, causing a tsunami and prompting fears of a nuclear meltdown. The series of disasters in Japan has left more than 10,000 people dead.

The Myanmar quake was roughly comparable in magnitude and depth to last year's Haiti earthquake, which measured 7.0. More than 200,000 people died in the Haiti earthquake, and millions were affected.

CNN's Kocha Olarn contributed to this report

 
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