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16 Apr 2020 | 07:43 AM UTC

Myanmar: 5.9-magnitude earthquake hits east of Falam (Chin state) April 16

5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes east of Falam (Chin state) on April 16; aftershocks possible over the near term



The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.9-magnitude earthquake 38 km (24 mi) east of Falam (Chin state), near the border state of Mizoram (India), at approximately 18:15 (local time) on Thursday, April 16; the quake struck at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant material damage, although the USGS estimates some fatalities and infrastructural damage may have occurred.

Further information is awaited. Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.

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