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Strong Earthquake Hits Burma; Shake Thailand - 2003-09-22


A strong earthquake has hit parts of Burma, causing minor damage but shaking the earth as far away as the Thai capital, Bangkok.

Burmese officials say the magnitude 6.7 quake was centered about 350-kilometers north of Rangoon early Monday. No injuries have been reported, but one official says three ancient temples and a bridge were damaged in the northern town of Taungdwingyi near the epicenter.

In Bangkok, the quake shook tall buildings and caused some cracks in the walls of at least one office complex. Local radio in northern Chiang Mai said people staying at high-rise hotels there rushed to the ground floor when they felt the tremors.

Earthquakes of magnitude six and higher can cause severe damage in populated areas.

Information for this reported by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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