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A powerful earthquake hit Myanmar Thursday near its borders with China, Thailand and Laos, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake hit in eastern Myanmar, about 55 miles (89 km) north of Chiang Rai, Thailand, the survey reported.

It had a magnitude of 6.8, the survey said, revising the estimate down from an initial reading of 7.0.

One person was killed by a roof collapsing in Chiang Rai, Thailand's MCOT network reported, and tremors were felt in the capital Bangkok, 479 miles (772 km) south of the epicenter.

It was a relatively shallow quake, which can be very destructive.

The Geological Survey initially said the quake had a depth of 142 miles (230km), but it later revised its estimate to say the quake was 6 miles (10 km) deep, putting it fairly close to the surface.

An aftershock hit about half an hour later, with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 and a depth of 6 miles, the USGS said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/as...myanmar.quake/

This one hit close to home. I'm 200km from the epicenter.

Thought I was having a bad flashback when the building started to shake and lost my equilibrium. Lasted quite awhile. Felt the aftershock quite strongly also.

WTH is going on? One thing after another.
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My professor is on Thailand for 3 weeks right now doing his study. Terrible timing.
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Cant recall right now but if this area is sitting on the Pacific Ring of Fire its all related, Chile, NZ, Japan, this
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Cant recall right now but if this area is sitting on the Pacific Ring of Fire its all related, Chile, NZ, Japan, this
This. At this point I'm pretty much expecting flares in the areas near the Ring of Fire. But this is terrible. Luckily it wasn't as bad as Japan's 9.0.
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A powerful earthquake like the Japan quake can shake things up for hundreds of miles around and cause other faults to release their energy sooner than they would have otherwise.

However, if these quakes hadn't been set off now, they would have happened later, and been more powerful as well.
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6.8 is pretty bad :/
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What would suck is a continuous earthquake around the right of fire which would lead to volcanic eruptions.
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6.8 is pretty bad :/
6.4 is what left Christchurch NZL in ruins in February, and it was just as shallow as this newest one...

I got a friend who lived in ChCh, she lost everything she owned because her house collapsed and destroyed everything inside it... fortunately she was ok though, was not home when it collapsed.


As for what the heck is going on...

i dunno, but something, is brewing under that area... They've detected an increase in magmatic activity and significant bulging under the Toba Caldera too, since the '04 Quake there; and the Indonesian island was "rolled" to a different angle...

Gimme Yellowstone any day... but the sleeping monster under Toba? That scares the hell out of me...

Toba makes Yellowstone look like nothing...

Now this monster 9.0 in Japan and there are reports that it moved Japan by up to 8 feet, and shifted the Earth's axis!


Chile in January...

New Zealand in February...

Japan and Myanmar in March...

Now whats going to happen in April?
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What would suck is a continuous earthquake around the right of fire which would lead to volcanic eruptions.
Mount Saint Helens HAS become more active and erupting (minor eruptions) again in the past few years...
     
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