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July 31, 2007

Quake jolts new capital
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 rattled Myanmar's new administrative capital Naypyidaw early Tuesday, but there were no reports of casualties or property damage, AFP quoted Myanmar officials as saying July 31.

The quake struck 176 kilometres (109 miles) south of the town of Meiktila, the US Geological Survey said, placing its epicentre just west of Naypyidaw. It hit at 5:12 am (2242 GMT Monday) at a depth of 20 kilometres.

"There were no casualties and damages as it was just a moderate earthquake," said government seismologist Tun Lwin. Government staffers speaking by telephone said the quake was strong enough to jolt them awake in their beds, but no damage was seen in the city.

Myanmar's military rulers built Naypyidaw in secret in the jungles outside the central town of Pyinmana, and populated it by abruptly ordering all government workers to move there nearly two years ago. The quake was felt as far away as the Thai border, nearly 200 miles east. AFP

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