An earthquake of 7.6 Richter scale struck in the Indian Ocean early this morning, prompting US Government to issue Tsunami warning for the region. An earth quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale was reported by the USGS today. The earthquake struck near Andaman Island, in Indian Ocean, at 19:55:39 GMT (1:55:39 local time), 260 km (190 miles) north of Andaman Island and 365 km (225 miles) south of Bassein (Pathein) in Myanmar.
The earthquake prompted US government to issue Tsunami watch for the local countries including Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, India and Bangladesh. The tsunami warning was cancelled a few hours later “as sea levels indicated that a significant tsunami was not generated.”
The earthquake was felt by people in Rangoon this morning. One Rangoon (Yangon) resident reported his event:
“There was strong earthquake in Yangon at 2:28 am, August 11. My condo was shaking steadily about 1 minute. I think it might be the first strong earthquake after Tsunami. It’s really something. My heart is still beating.” – Nyi Lynn Seck
Another Yangon resident also writes about his experience:
“It was around 2:20 AM in Yangon. We felt the earthquake. It was quite strong. People woke up and run out of their houses. Now, it already stopped.” – Thethtoo
Some Yangon (Rangoon) residents are wondering if the earthquake means something of an omen. One Facebook member from Myanmar commented “Omens are coming” while the other commented “It is real omen. This year, there were two solar eclipses and three lunar eclipses. All are extraordinary events”.