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March 23, 2011

Earthquake Rattles Southeast Asia

A strong earthquake struck a remote area in northeastern Burma near the border with Thailand on Thursday, killing at least one person and shaking residents across a broad swath of southeast Asia. No tsunami was generated.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 6.8 and said it hit Thursday evening, local time, in an area where Burma, Thailand and Laos meet.

The epicenter was about 90 kilometers north of the Thai city of Chiang Rai, which sustained minor damage. U.S. experts say the quake was just 10 kilometers deep.

Police said a woman on the Thai side of the border was killed when a wall of her house collapsed on her.

Buildings swayed nearly 800 kilometers to the southwest in Bangkok, while residents of high-rise buildings in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, were temporarily evacuated.


Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.