Small earthquake felt in parts of Yangon yesterday evening

An earthquake measuring 3.0 on the Richter Scale hit Yangon around 7:50 pm yesterday evening, reports 7Day Daily. In spite of its size, the quake could be felt across town.

According to an official from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology’s Earthquake division, the epicenter was in Mingaladon Township, 15 miles northwest of Yangon’s Kabar Aye meteorological office, 13 miles southeast of Hmawbi.

Citizens living in Mingaladon, North Okkalapa, Shwepyithar, Hlaingtharya, Dawbon, Thaketa, Sanchaung, Insein, Mayangone, Hlaing, and Kamaryut townships all reported having felt the earthquake.

“Within a few seconds, the apartment noticeably shook twice. I even dropped the water bucket that I was holding,” a Hlaing Tharyar resident told 7Day.

Earlier this year, Bagan was hit by a major earthquake that destroyed hundreds of pagodas and stupas.

While this most recent earthquake was a small one, that might not be the case with future quakes. Just last week, the Myanmar Times reported that a major earthquake hitting Yangon was a matter of when, not if. For any of you panicking, here’s a handy infographic on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, courtesy of the Times.

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