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Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century. ― Google

Capital: Naypyidaw

Population: 54.41 million (2020) World Bank

Continent: Asia

Currency: Myanmar kyat

Official language: Burmese

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31 May 2023, 11.20 UTC (17.50 local time) - An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck the south-western region of Kachin State in northern Myanmar, causing damage to several buildings in the Mohnyin township. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported so far.

The earthquake, which originated at a depth of 10 km, had its epicenter located approximately 10 km west of the scenic Indawgyi Natural Lake. It was situated about 125 km west-southwest of Myitkyina, the capital city of Kachin State.

According to the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) system, an estimated 9,000 individuals were exposed to very strong shaking, while an additional 30,000 experienced strong shaking.

Although the quake caused significant damage to some buildings in the Mohnyin township, there have been no reports of casualties at this time. Local authorities and emergency services are actively assessing the situation and working to ensure the safety of the affected residents.

The news of the earthquake has caused concern among local communities, prompting individuals to evacuate buildings and seek open areas. The regional government and humanitarian organizations have initiated emergency response efforts to support those affected and provide assistance as needed.

The seismic event serves as a reminder of the region's susceptibility to earthquakes due to its proximity to tectonic plate boundaries. In recent years, Myanmar has experienced several significant earthquakes, highlighting the importance of ongoing preparedness measures and infrastructure resilience.

As the situation continues to unfold, it is crucial for residents in the affected areas to remain vigilant and heed the instructions of local authorities. The government and relevant organizations will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide assistance to those affected by the earthquake.

We will keep you updated on any further developments regarding this earthquake and its aftermath.

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      Affected Persons

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