At least 75 people were killed in the 6.8 magnitude earthquake, which hit Myanmar (Burma) yesterday.

More than 100 buildings were destroyed, and over 100 people were also injured in the quake.

Strong aftershocks, which followed the initial tremor, also caused panic in the neighbouring countries of Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Some tall buildings throughout the region were evacuated.

Speaking about her horrifying experience, Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, who lives on the 10th floor in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi said:

“Suddenly I felt dizzy. I was sitting on my couch. My husband suddenly said the fish were shaking. Then the water from the fishpond came out onto the floor.”

“We all rushed to the street. All the other people in the apartments also rushed out,” she said.

The Burmese town of Tachilek was also badly damaged in the quake.

A teacher said: “We were extremely frightened to enter the house since there were several strong aftershocks.”

“Some people are haunted by what they saw on TV about the recent earthquake in Japan.”

Somchai Hatyatanti, the provincial governor of Chiang Rai, a province about 90 kilometres north of the epicentre, said that the spires of several Buddhist temples had been bent and tiles had been smashed.

A few cracks in the ground could also be seen on the ground in the village.

“There was also slight damage at some government offices and houses but nothing that led to total collapse or that immediately compromised building structures,” told Reuters.