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August 2016 Myanmar earthquake

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Myanmar 25 km (16 mi) west of Chauk[1] on 24 August 2016 with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI (Strong). It struck at 5:04 pm local time (10:34 UTC), and was centered in an isolated area. The estimated depth was 84.1 km.[1] Tremors from the earthquake were felt in Yangon, in the eastern cities of Patna, Guwahati, and Kolkata in India, in Bangkok in Thailand and in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.[2][3] According to reports, several temples in the nearby ancient city of Bagan were damaged and four people were reported dead.[4]

2016 Chauk earthquake
Shakemap Earthquake 24 Aug 2016 Myanmar.jpg
August 2016 Myanmar earthquake is located in Myanmar
August 2016 Myanmar earthquake
UTC time2016-08-24 10:34:54
ISC event611830425
Local date24 August 2016 (2016-08-24)
Local time17:04
Magnitude6.8 Mw
Depth84.1 km (52.3 mi)[1]
Epicenter20°55′08″N 94°34′44″E / 20.919°N 94.579°E / 20.919; 94.579Coordinates: 20°55′08″N 94°34′44″E / 20.919°N 94.579°E / 20.919; 94.579[1]
Areas affectedBangladesh
Max. intensityVI (Strong)
Casualties4 dead
The earthquake led to an office evacuation in Kolkata.
Damage to one of the temples at Bagan

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  1. ^ a b c d "M6.8 - 25km W of Chauk, Burma". United States Geological Survey. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Myanmar; tremors in Bengal, Assam". The Indian Express. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  3. ^ Shew Yee Saw Myint; Aung Hla Tun (24 August 2016). "Powerful earthquakes strikes central Myanmar, rattles region". Reuters. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Earthquake strikes Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples, police say". 24 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.

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