Burma Hit by Earthquake
11 November 2012: A strong earthquake struck central Burma this morning, killing as many as 12 people, with dozens missing.
The quake, which measures 6.8 on the Richter scale, hit Mandalay and its surrounding region around 7:42am, bringing bridges and Buddhist pagodas to destruction.
A Chin resident in Mandalay said: “Our cupboards and tables got shaken and stuff started falling onto the floor. We were scared and didn’t know what to do much.”
People were shouting, screaming and coming out from their houses as they felt the quake, said the Chin resident.
The 6.8-magnitude aftershock was felt in Hakha, capital of Chin State. “Things on our walls were slightly swinging and we just thought it was our house that was moving. We realized it was the quake after receiving news,” said a resident in Hakha.
No major casualties have been reported.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang