Strong earthquake strikes northern Myanmar

12:42 PM, Monday, November 12th, 2012

Myanmar earthquakeMyanmar: A strong earthquake has struck northern Myanmar, but no injuries were immediately reported.

The magnitude-6.6 temblor hit the area at 7:42 a.m. Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake had a depth of just 10 kilometers  and hit 117 kilometers  north of Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city.

Residents from Mandalay, the second biggest commercial city in central Myanmar, told Reuters that they felt a very strong tremor at about 7:30 a.m.

“I’ve never felt such strong tremor. I also heard some loud noises and the light went out. No idea about the damage,” a local resident said.

Residents in Bangkok, the capital of neighboring Thailand, also said the felt the strong quake.

Officials from the Nay Pyi Taw-based Meteorological Departments were not immediately available for comment.

It comes just a week ahead of a visit to Myanmar by President Barack Obama. Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit the one-time pariah nation, which is emerging from decades of military rule.

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