A powerful earthquake shook central Burma near Mandalay, the country's second-largest city, Saturday night, but residents said there did not appear to be any major damage in the city center.

The temblor measured 7.2 on the Richter scale and occurred at 9:27 p.m. local time (7:57 a.m. MST) said Frank Baldwin, a spokesman for the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.Mandalay, with a population of about 500,000, is about 500 miles north of Rangoon, the capital.