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Powerful earthquake shakes central Myanmar

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BANGKOK (AP) -- Officials say a powerful earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has shaken central Myanmar.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit Wednesday afternoon and was centered about 15 miles west of Chauk, an area west of the ancient capital of Bagan.

It said it was located fairly far below the Earth's surface at a depth of about 52 miles. Deep earthquakes generally cause less surface damage.

The quake was felt several hundred miles away in Thailand's capital, Bangkok.

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