Two earthquakes strike in the border area in between Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and China

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The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have both confirmed that a on 3/24/2011 1:55:36 PM UTC (about 2035 local time), a 6.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in the highly-populated region of Shan State in Myanmar.

YubeNet is reporting that based on an automated impact model, this earthquake, which occurred in a region with medium vulnerability to natural disasters, has potentially a high humanitarian impact. It not clear at this time, however, whether international humanitarian aid is needed. Such a decision will be made by an expert.

The first earthquake occurred 89 km (55 miles) N of Chiang Rai, Thailand; 168 km (104 miles) SSW of Yunjinghong, Yunnan, China; 589 km (365 miles) NE of Rangoon, Myanmar; annd 772 km (479 miles) N of Bangkok, Thailand.

The USGS said the first 6.8-magnitude quake, which occurred six miles deep, was followed by another of the same strength but far deeper: 140 miles.

Potentially affected critical infrastructure:

* Nuclear plants: [None]
* Hydrodams: [None]
* Airports: Chiang Kham (161km), Xieng Lom (173km), Chiang Rai (113km), Chiang Tai International (105km), Ban Houayxay (92km), Tachilek (47km), Monghsat (78km), Luang Namtha (158km), Keng Tung (52km), Mengla (185km), Gasa (150km), Zheli Airfield P (155km)
* Ports: [None]

For more on the technical aspects of the first earthquake, go to USGS’s webpage: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0002aes.php

It is being reported that the earthquakes were not powerful enough to generate a Pacific Ocean tsunami warning.