This picture taken on Aug. 23, 2015 shows a halo surrounding the sun over the Myanmar's landmark Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. / AFP / YE AUNG THU
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A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Myanmar Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, just south of the ancient city of Bagan, a major tourist destination.The quake, which the agency said struck at a depth of 84 kilometers (52 miles), swayed high-rise buildings in the Thai capital of Bangkok, AFP journalists reported.The USGS estimated that the impact would be "relatively localised" but noted that many buildings in the region are "highly vulnerable" to earthquake shaking.Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar, though the country has not seen a major quake since 2012 . The last major quake struck in a nearby region in April and caused minor damages but no casualties.
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