Photos: Myanmar Earthquake Claims Several Lives, Takes Down a Bridge and a Buddha

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Myanmar yesterday, bringing down a bridge, damaging a Buddhist pagoda, and causing the collapse of numerous mines in the region. As many as 12 people are feared to be dead. The nearest city to the quake is Mandalay, the second biggest city in Myanmar, but there were no reported casualties or major damage there.

According to the U.S. Geological Society, a 5.8-magnitude aftershock followed the initial quake, but as of this time no further casualties or damages have been reported.

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