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Moderate Quake Shakes Central Burma

30 July 2012

A moderate earthquake has shaken central Burma near the Indian border. The US Geological Survey says the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and struck at a depth of 68.4 kilometers (42.5 miles). Burma’s meteorological and seismic agency put the magnitude at 5.8. An official from the Burma agency says no casualties or damage have been reported. The quake occurred Sunday at 8:51 am local time. The official says the quake’s epicenter was about 215 kilometers (135 miles) northwest of Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city. He added it was felt in Hakha, the capital of northwestern Chin State. The area affected is not densely populated. It falls within an earthquake belt where tremors are fairly common but usually not destructive.—AP