The Straits Times
Published on Nov 11, 2012

6.6 magnitude quake hits central Myanmar, at least 13 dead


SHWEBO, Myanmar (AFP) - A powerful earthquake that struck Myanmar on Sunday killed at least 13 people, injured 40 and sparked panic in the central city of Mandalay, residents and aid workers said.

The shallow 6.8-magnitude quake struck in a rural area 116km north of Mandalay and was followed by strong aftershocks, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Another strong quake with a magnitude of 5.8 shook the same region late on Sunday, it added. The tremor was felt by an AFP team near the town of Shwebo, which is north of Mandalay and close to the epicentre of the earlier quake.

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