A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Myanmar (also known as Burma), about 55 miles (89 km) north of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on Thursday March 24.
The quake had a depth of 6 miles (10 km) which is fairly close to the surface and was 365 miles (589 km) northeast of Rangoon, the former capital of Myanmar. So far, close to a hundred deaths have been reported.
Myanmar has had a number of natural disasters over the past 3 years. In 2008 an estimated 100,000 people died from a cyclone and two years later a further 70,000 people were left homeless from another cyclone.
Reports and pictures have been slow coming out of Myanmar, one of Asia's poorest countries, with an underdeveloped communications infrastructure as well as a government sensitive to criticism.