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Burma earthquake: More than 50 dead and 130 buildings collapsed in tremor near Thailand

More than 50 people have died in a magnitude-6.8 earthquake in Burma which struck near the Lao and Thai borders.

It struck at 1355 GMT on Thursday and was centred about 70 miles (110 km) from the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai, the US Geological Survey said.

It was felt 800km to the south in the Thai capital Bangkok, and in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

The quake was shallow, at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km). There are fears the casualties could be much higher.

"The death toll of the quake has increased to more than 50 in Tarlay and Mine Lin townships," said one unnamed official quoted by AFP.

"Roads are also closed. According to the information that we have, more than 130 buildings collapsed because of the quake. There might be more casualties and damage."

"Total death toll has now reached nearly 50 and the number of the injured is about 40 while over 100 buildings we

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Added: Mar-25-2011 Occurred On: Mar-25-2011
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