Dozens killed in Myanmar quake

At least 74 people were killed in a
strong earthquake that struck Myanmar, state media said on Friday, while a
series of aftershocks have caused panic but only limited damage in Thailand and

The death toll from Thursday’s 6.8
magnitude tremor was expected to rise slightly in Myanmar after 225 homes and
nine government buildings were destroyed.

Over 100 people were injured,
according to state television.

The quake sparked panic, but no
major damage, in other countries across Southeast Asia.

An aftershock of an estimated
magnitude of 5.5 rattled Thailand on Friday but caused limited damage, although
residents living in properties close to the epicentre were advised to leave
their homes.

The initial quake shook the famous
“Golden Triangle” region, where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet.

 It was felt in the capital cities of Thailand
and Myanmar and as far away as Vietnam, where people evacuated tall buildings.

It was 6.2 miles below the surface
but caused only slight damage on the Thai side

The town of Tachilek in Myanmar was
badly hit by Thursday’s quake.

Officials said nine government
offices and 10 Buddhist monasteries were destroyed.

The Red Cross said a hospital in
Tachilek had been damaged and trained local volunteers had been mobilized to
provide relief and first aid.

Thursday’s quake was centred 69
miles north of Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province and a sparsely populated,
hilly area.

It forms part of the Golden Triangle,
a popular tourist destination and famous for the cultivation of illicit opium.