Myanmar Burma Earthquake Claims 41 Lives

A total of 41 people have so far been killed with 48 injured in a strong earthquake that struck Myanmar’s northeastern Shan state Thursday night, the state TV reported in a breaking news Friday.

A total of 244 houses, 14 monasteries and nine government department buildings were destroyed, the report said.

Relief measures are being taken by the state with rescue team rushing to the scene, the report added.

A strong earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale jolted Loimwe, 56 kilometers southeast of Kengtung in northeastern Myanmar on Thursday at 20:29:30 hours local time (13:69 GMT).

The quake’s epicenter was about 10 kilometers underground and in the hills of Myanmar bordering Thailand and Laos. It was followed by six aftershocks until Friday morning.

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