November 10th, 2012
08:33 PM ET

6.8-magnitude quake hits Myanmar

[Updated 5:00 a.m.] At least 13 people have died and 40 more injured, according the charity Save the Children, which operates inside Myanmar.

[Updated 3:45 a.m.]  At least four people died and 25 were injured, according to Myanmar’s Weather Report Department.

[Updated 1:55 a.m.] The U.S. Geological Survey has revised to 6.8 the magnitude of an earthquake that struck north-central Myanmar this morning. The agency previously said it was a magnitude 6.6.

[Updated 11:15 p.m.]  The epicenter was near the town of Shwebo in the Sagaing region, and local journalists have reported no casualties there from the quake that struck at 7:40 a.m. local time (8:10 p.m. ET).

A bridge under construction was destroyed near the small town, they said.  The seismic jolt put cracks in buildings in the country's second largest city of Mandalay and knocked down some pagodas there but caused no major damage or injury, local journalists said.

Shopping districts are temporarily closed, and the authorities are inspecting buildings for damage, they said.

[Posted 20:33 p.m.] A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck north-central Myanmar early Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake was reported to be only 6.2 miles deep. The agency originally reported the magnitude to be 7.0 but revised that number downward.

Two 5.0-magnitude aftershocks were reported.

No tsunami warnings were issued, due to the quake's inland location.

In March 2011, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake near Myanmar's borders with China, Thailand and Laos killed at least 75 people. At least 111 people were injured, Myanmar Radio reported.

Daily life is hard for those living in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. A country that was one of the richest in Asia 50 years ago is now one of the poorest.

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  1. TvNyC

    The end of the world is near, so have fun a little but try not to sin too much. may God bless us all.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      who cares. for 99.9 percent of us life is just a lot of hard work and disappointment.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Ellis

      If the end of the world is near – why is god going to 'bless us'!

      November 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • n2it

      He sent his only Son to die for the misbehavior (sins) of the people of this particular planet (and no other that we know of) among the entire universe that has to have similar planets. If you don't believe that he will kill you forever and ever. Why? Because he loves you. Circular reasoning belief system based on guilt. Wishing all the best for the people that were effected by this common occurrence.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mancer

      fool. your fantasy novels and invisible friends are a farce. stop insulting us all with your spam. religions and gods are for sheep.

      get on with realising it's called an 'earthquake'. they've been going on for billions of years. get an education.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Shyam Yadav

    Mat God bless us all to face such natural clamity

    November 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I don't know Mat but I'm sure hie doesn't care one bit about us. We need to go back to the factory and put in our twelve hour days and be happy we even have a job to feed our families.

      November 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. iram

    Deep regrets to Myanmar but they must stop genocide of Rohingyas in their state because this kinds of quake is reaction of genocide!

    November 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mancer

      earthquakes are not a response to politics. get an education.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Same to you Iram, all Muslim countries (middle east) need to stop the killing and driving out the Christian minorities....LOL...

      November 13, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      This is Burma/Myanmar, NOT Western Europe or North America. We will NOT put up with your non-senses. You don't like it then move to Saudi Arabia. Only you (Muslims) that canNOT get along with others and have NO tolerance for others.

      November 13, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kman

    Obviously, God is sending us a message. The question now is to interpret that message. This is why we need the Pope, High Priests and Mullahs who have direct contact with the supernatural.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mancer

      that's garbage. it was an earthquake.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    Well, I'm sure the federal government will take half out paychecks and send it over to them. Them take the other half and give it to those here in the US that just feel like sleeping late and maybe not going in to work come Monday morning. That's just the way life is. Rob from those that work to give to those too lazy to work.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thomas

    I'm tired of supporting those too lazy to work. We get tired of supporting you sometimes.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. howard

    the end of the world. yes , read the scriptures and it explains that the jews would return to their land , never , ever , to leave it . israel will almost be defeated , then jesus will return , and the enemies will all die , their flesh will fall off of their bones . then the world will know that jesus is the son of god

    November 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mancer

      fool. your fantasy novels and invisible friends are a farce. stop insulting us all with your spam. religions and gods are for sheep.

      get on with realising it's called an 'earthquake'. they've been going on for billions of years. get an education.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Thomas

    I have severe scoliosis plus another spinal deformity and work 50 plus hours each week. Sometimes my back hurts so bad I would just as soon keel over as face another day. Then I see young people in their twenties and thirties whining about all the jobs the can find are "beneath them". I just don't know. I'm glad Obama got reelected but young people need to quit living off of us that actually try.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mancer

      so what. what about the earthquake and the victims?

      November 11, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rainbowdash89

    Kentucky had a 4.3 today

    November 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber1892

      Yes they did which is not too unusual but it is uncommon in the part of Kentucky.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber1892

      Very true, Greg.

      November 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve in cali

      anyone besides me notice that in the last 24 hrs there has been several quakes around the world and the usgs keeps downgrading them the one in Ky was first a 5.5 then 4.5 and the one this article is about was first a 7.0..just to mention a few.....sure seems like somethings up could the usgs be downplaying what seems and has seemed to be happening all around the ready here in cali cuz it sure seems like our turn is coming

      November 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dex

      To steve in cali,

      I can't say I've conducted a scientific study regarding increased activity within a short span of time, say, the past month or so. However, I think the hard science is undeniable when you review the increased activity over the course of the past 100 yrs. In fact, I think it's downright scary when you look at those stats. Somebody will probably chime in and claim our instruments of today are more sensitive, blah, blah, blah. Nonesense, go do some research and look at the big ones, 7.0 and higher over the course of the past 100 years. Again, it does at least seem there's been an increase recently, but do a search for the history of earthquakes and you will see that we have way more activity in one week worldwide than we used to have in one year!

      November 11, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kovach

    Go Allah Go. Destroy those who are fighting against Islam and Muslims around the world. 🙂

    November 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    "Isn't it Myanmar now?"
    "Yes, Elaine, but it'll always be Burma to me."

    November 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PigBodine

    I hope the jade and the rubies are ok.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Amber1892

    I wonder if this will effect Obama's trip...

    November 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. matt that one of the places they flew jets around in Top Gun? Maybe the earthquake was caused by Tom Cruise jumping up and down on a couch in Myanmar. Where the flip is Myanmar, anyway? Mayan mar...Mayan sea...Gulf of Mexico I suppose.....ahh the sparkling blue waters of the Caribbean....I once met a woman there named Sonya...we drank, we danced, we shared stories of our youths....poor Myanmar....poor Sonya....bartender pour me another gin and tonic....

    November 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |

      MATT! If you had pay attention in school or even now look more CNN or NGC instead hanging on the bar getting drunk!?... You would know before it was BURMA located on indian ocean on border CHINA,LAOS,THAILAND, and now 1 of the poorest country of ASIA! Now you learned something you can go to sleep drunk! EDDY Thailand.

      November 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeffrey Roem

    If only the GOP prevailed! We could pray all the earthquakes away, and if Myanmar has an earthquake it is because the good old boy white network hasn't declared war on them yet! Praise Jesus!

    November 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
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