Earthquake Hits Central Myanmar

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar on Wednesday 4:34 pm local time, damaging Buddhist temple in the ancient city of Bagan killing at least three people.

The quake struck 15.5 miles (25km) west of Chauk one of the major tourist attractions for the country, at a depth of 52 miles (84km), the US Geological Survey said. A 22-year-old man was killed in the town of Pakokku, an hour and a half from Chauk, due to a building collapse.

Earthquake Map Myanmar (1)

Chauk has a population of about 45,000, according to the 2014 census, with around 185,000 living in the surrounding area.

These strong tremors were felt as far away as Bangladesh, China, India, and Thailand sending fearful residents running from buildings into the streets. Earthquakes have six magnitude classes, the fourth one being Strong: 6.0-6.9.

In the past year, we have entered Myanmar in support of 10 Adventist mission schools and 600 students. We currently have no news yet if any of our schools are affected, but we will keep you updated as the news is available!

Continue to keep Myanmar in prayer as they recover from this tragedy.