Two 7.0-Magnitude Quakes Strike Burma

Caused buildings to sway in Bangkok
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 24, 2011 9:52 AM CDT
In this photo taken on Sept. 3, 2009, stupas and temples are seen in Myanmar's ancient city Bagan, north of Yangon.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

(Newser) – Two 7.0-magnitude earthquakes hit northeastern Burma less than a minute apart today, shaking the ground as far away as Bangkok, where buildings swayed. The quakes struck near the country's borders with Thailand and Laos, about 70 miles from the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai. The US Geological Survey says the first was just six miles deep, but the second was exceptionally deep: 140 miles. Luckily, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it was located too far inland to generate a tsunami.

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