Myanmar Archeology Department said that a 6.8-magnitude powerful earthquake, which shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, has killed at least four people and damaged 190 ancient famous pagodas in Bagan-Nyaung Oo region and Rakhine state.
An official report said on Thursday in Yangon that due to earthquake which rocked Myanmar at 05:04 p.m. local time, one man and one woman died in Pakkoku township in Magway region.
It said that tobacco processing factory collapsed resulting to the death of two young girls aged 7 and 15 in Yenanchaung township.
It said the tremor was felt in varying degrees by virtually everyone in the country, adding that evaluation of the damage is still underway.
The country’s Meteorology and Hydrology Department, noted that with an epicenter 197.9 km southwest of Mandalay and 19.3 km west of Chauk, the quake jolted most parts of the country including Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.
The department said that the quake, the strongest among the 26 quakes that have rocked the country since January 2016, shook buildings and damaged electricity supply in many parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s Department of Relief and Resettlement has alerted that the quake that emanated from a depth of 84 km, could follow-up with small quakes.
It said that the powerful quake was also felt in neighbouring Bangladesh and several Indian states including West Bengal, Bihar and Assam, with thousands of panic-stricken people rushed outdoors following the jolts that lasted for seconds.