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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yesterday's earthquake: More than 100 feared dead

More than 80 coffins were sold out this morning in Tachilek, following last night’s 6.8 magnitude quake that centered in Talerh-Monglane area, 48 km north of Tachilek-Maesai border checkpoint, according to sources on the border. 
More than an estimated hundred buildings, including the Talerh hospital, crumbled in Talerh, Monglane (20 km further northeast) and Mongphyak (35 km further northwest). “Half of a two-floored house was seen buried,” one source quoted an eye-witness as saying.

Estimates of the death toll range from 50 to more than 100, at the time of this writing. (10:30)

The bridge in Talerh (Talay), Chinese-constructed, is also unusable, as there were many cracks and earth on both banks of the river had collapsed.

Most of the people in Tachilek spent the night sleeping outdoors, as exhorted by the town authorities.

The convulsions reached as far as Mongyawng, Mongla, Panghsang and Namkham in the north and Monghsat and Mongton in the west. “I have never experienced an earthquake this strong throughout my whole life,” said a 50-year old native of Mongyang told SHAN.

This appears to be the third biggest natural disaster that has hit Myanmar. The first was the 2008 Cyclone Nargis and the second, the 2010 Cyclone Giri.


  1. thanks for the information. hopefully they'll let foreign aid go through.

  2. Terrible news. Hope the recovery efforts go well.

  3. Sad news, thanks for letting us know though.

  4. end of the world maybe near....

  5. Why are there so many more earthquakes these days? It's almost like the Earth hates us. Sadface.

  6. Man its insane, so much shit happening lately.. Followed!

  7. another sad news. too many disasters happening lately. 2012 anyone?

  8. It's a shame so many people have to suffer. :(

  9. theres so much horrile stuff going on in this world :(


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