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6.8 Magnitude Quake Strikes Myanmar

US State Department(YANGON, Myanmar) -- A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake hit a remote area of the country, about 55 miles north of Chiang Rai, Thailand, just before 8:30 p.m. local time.  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that no tsunami was generated from the tremor.

No injuries or structural damages have been reported.

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Japan Quake Magnitude Upped to 9.0 as Officials Survey Disaster

ABC News(TOKYO) -- Japan is taking a grim accounting of the catastrophe there and the figures are daunting -- from the number of people without electricity to the number of body bags needed.

But now, there's a new figure: 9.0, the new order of magnitude of the massive earthquake, upgraded by U.S. and Japanese scientists from their earlier estimate of 8.9 magnitude.

Four days after the quake and tsunami struck, thousands of Japanese along the coast are struggling without food, water and power as the temperatures hover above freezing.

The starkest figure is the growing death toll, which has risen past 2,400.  Even so, officials fear that number only hints at the true scale of the fatalities.

Morgues are at capacity and school gyms are being used to handle the overflow, with bodies lined up bodies on the floor for people to identify.  The traditional method of cremation has overwhelmed the local facilities and the supply of body bags has been exhausted.

According to the Japanese National Police Agency, 4,993 buildings collapsed fully or partially, and 39,876 buildings are damaged, figures that, like the death toll, are likely to increase dramatically.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said 100,000 troops, plus 2,500 police, 1,100 emergency service teams and more than 200 medical teams, have been deployed in recovery efforts.

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