Several quakes rattle Myanmar’s largest city, no damage seen

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Several earthquakes caused some panic in Myanmar’s largest city early yesterday, but no serious injuries or major damage has yet been reported.

Residents said their six-storey building shook three times, with the strongest quake lasting at least a minute. “We were sleeping, but as the building was shaking pretty strong, we all woke up in a panic,” Yangon resident Swe Swe Myint said.

The US Geological Survey said the first quake just before 1am was magnitude-6.0 and had a shallow depth of 10 kilometres. The epicentre was about 27 kilometres southwest of Phyu township, about 172 kilometres north of Yangon.

Three quakes of magnitude-5.3 and magnitude-5.2 followed within 20 minutes.

The Myanmar Earthquake Committee said the epicentres were close to at least two dams.