At least 25 people have been killed in Myanmar as a 6.8 earthquake rattled buildings and nerves.

Myanmar, located near the border of China and Thailand, was struck by Thursday y at 08:25:12 PM - Local Time. Tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok, Hanoi and parts of China.

The quake struck 60 miles north of Chiang Rai and 150 miles north-northeast of Chiang Mai, Thailand's second city and a popular tourist destination.

In my 40 years, I never felt an earthquake this strong. A glass broke and I had to hold on to a pillar, Thanawan Sisukniyom, a retired teacher in Mai Sai, told Reuters by telephone.

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was just six miles deep, meaning that severe shaking could have caused major damage to buildings in a wide area.

It also reported a smaller quake, of 4.8 magnitude, about a half-hour later.