Quake Rocks Myanmar, At Least 40 Killed

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Myanmar on Thursday night, destroying homes, killing at least 40 people, and injuring around 50 others.

The center of the quake was located in the town of Tachileik, a mountainous municipality situated near the Thai border to the north. Myanmar’s official state radio put the number of casualties at 41, but officials feared that the toll could rise as reports from remote areas affected by the quake start to come in. Some 244 houses were reportedly destroyed by the quake, which was felt as far as Bangkok in Thailand and Hanoi in Vietnam.

Damage was also reported in the Thai side of the border, with Gov. Somchai Hatayatani of the northwestern province of Chiang Rai saying that dozens of people were injured by the quake. Damage to buildings in Chiang Rai city was also reported, including the city hall and a provincial hospital.

A United Nations official said relief efforts are now going on, with the world body promising to send medicines to affected areas.