A strong 6 point magnitude earthquake hit a remote region of central Myanmar early this morning.The US Geological Survey said, the shallow quake struck some 40 kilometres west of the town of Pyu.

It was followed by three weaker tremors in the region, of magnitudes 5.3. The USGS said, there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage, but noted that residential structures in the region are typically vulnerable to earthquake shaking. 

The epicentre was located in a sparsely populated region between the capital Naypyidaw to the north and commercial hub Yangon to the south.

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