A Strong Earthquake Hit Central Myanmar Early Morning
A major earthquake hit central Myanmar on Sunday morning near Mandalay, its second-biggest city, but local media reported that five people were killed and early information suggested damage was limited although several construction workers were missing.
An official at Mandalay Meteorological Department said the epicenter was near the town of Shwebo and struck at 7:41 a.m. (0111 GMT).
The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck around 60 km (37 miles) northwest of Mandalay, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was quite shallow at around 10 km (6 miles) deep.
Local media said a half-built bridge over the Irrawaddy River near Shwebo and Kyauk Myaung had collapsed and there may have been casualties.
Local media further reported that minor damage in several areas around Mandalay, including Amarapura, a town popular with tourists because of its monasteries and the longest teak bridge in the world. Pagodas had been damaged there, media said.
- Asian Tribune