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6.8 magnitude quake jolts Myanmar; tremors felt in Bengal, Assam

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Myanmar residents gather as they inspect large cracks on a road two days after an earthquake struck the area, in Tarlay township near the northeastern city of Tachilek on March 26, 2011. Survivors surveyed the wreckage of their Myanmar villages as details of an earthquake that left 75 dead and reduced homes to rubble began to trickle out of remote areas. AFP PHOTO/Soe Than WIN (Photo credit should read Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A major earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar on Wednesday, US Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings across the country and the region.
The quake struck 143 km (88 miles) west of the city of Meiktila at a depth of 84 km (52 miles), the agency said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Tremors were felt in parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam in India. Metro services have been stopped in Kolkata after tremors were felt in the West Bengal capital.
The quake shook buildings in buildings in Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon and in other towns and cities, witnesses said.
Office buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok, to the east of Myanmar, shook for a few seconds, residents there said. The quake was also felt in Bangladesh, to the west of Myanmar, residents said.

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