A powerful quake hit northern Myanmar on Sunday, causing residents to run off their homes, however no injuries or major damage were immediately reported. The temblor with a magnitude 6.6 hit the region at 7:42 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The depth of the quake was just 10 kilometers or 6 miles and struck 117 kilometers or 72 miles north of Mandalay, Mayanmar’s second-largest city.
As reported by four residents of Mandalay, the quake was tough enough to send people rushing out of their homes for safety, as water spilled out of jars. There was no major structural damage in the neighborhoods, but added that it did create cracks in some walls, they residents said.
The epicenter of the quake is a region frequently hit by small temblors that usually cause little damage. The tremor was also felt in Bangkok, the capital of neighboring Thailand.
Presidentis scheduled to visit Myanmar next week. He will be the first U.S. president to visit the one-time recluse nation, which is coming out from decades of military rule.