Nov 12, 2012

Myanmar - Quake hits Myanmar again

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SHWEBO, Myanmar - A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar Sunday evening, hours after a stronger tremor killed at least 13 people and injured 40, witnesses and the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The USGS said the latest quake occurred at a depth of nine km (5.6 miles), 86 km (54 miles) north-northwest of the central city of Mandalay. AFP reporters near the town of Shwebo felt the new tremor.

There was no immediate information on whether the latest quake caused further deaths or major damage.

A shallow 6.8 magnitude quake early in the morning hit a rural area 116 km north of Mandalay and was followed by strong aftershocks.

Four labourers flung into the Irrawaddy river from a partly-built bridge near the town of Shwebo were among those believed to have died, according to a situation report from the Save the Children charity.

The collapse of a monastery in the nearby village of Kyauk Myaung killed two people and one died in Mandalay, it said. A further six were killed in Sint Ku township, including two people who died when a gold mine collapsed.

Residents of Mandalay fled shaking buildings in terror after the morning tremor, although no major damage was reported there.

- AFP/ck

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