A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Burma on Thursday night.

The epicentre has been traced to the hills of Burma, in an area close to where Burma, Thailand and Laos meet, about 110km from the Thai province of Chiang Rai.

One person has been confirmed dead in the earthquake. The woman, who was in an area north of Chiang Rai, was killed when a brick wall collapsed on her, according to the police.

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A police chief from a district nearby said:

“It was like somebody was running on the roof. Everybody was in a panic. They came out of their houses and wondered what happened.”

Luckily, the epicentre of the earthquake was in a fairly remote area of Burma, however, the tremors were felt as far away as the Thai capital Bangkok.

Max Jones, an Australian man who’s living on the 27th floor in Bangkok, told how he had to grab the walls of the building to not fall.

Talking about the experience he said: “It was bloody scary, I can tell you”.

Jones also said that he could see smoke rising from nearby buildings.

Somchai Baimuang, deputy director of the Thai meteorological department, urged the public not to panic.

“It’s too soon to tell if there is any damage,” he told Reuters.

“Aftershocks are possible in the next two days.”