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Burma Quake Kills 13, Leaves More Injured

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 11, 2012 Last Updated: November 16, 2012
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People on a boat work near a damaged bridge in Kyauk Myaung township, east of Shwebo, following a powerful earthquake that hit Myanmar and killed at least 13 people, injured dozens, and sparked panic in the major central city of Mandalay on Nov. 11. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

People on a boat work near a damaged bridge in Kyauk Myaung township, east of Shwebo, following a powerful earthquake that hit Myanmar and killed at least 13 people, injured dozens, and sparked panic in the major central city of Mandalay on Nov. 11. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Burma Sunday, killing at least 13 people and injuring scores more.

The quake hit a rural region near the town of Shwebo around 70 miles north of Mandalay, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

“The quake was quite strong. I was shopping in the market at the time and I saw women crying in fear when they felt it. We expect more quakes are coming. Everybody is afraid,” Shwebo resident Win Win Nwe told AFP.

Two more 5.0-magnitude aftershocks hit the region after the initial quake.

“I ran from my bed carrying my daughter out to the street. There were many people in the road. Some were shouting and others felt dizzy,” San Yu Kyaw of Mandalay told AFP.

Aid group Save the Children said that 25 people were injured when a bridge collapsed on the Irawaddy river, according to The Australian Associated Press.

“People everywhere are very worried that another earthquake might strike,” the aid group said, according to the AAP.

Burma, also known as Myanmar, is one of the poorest countries in Asia and construction standards are generally low.

“Landslides occurred at some old ruby mines, but there were no casualties because these are old mines,” Sein Win, a resident of the nearby town of Mogok, told The Associated Press.

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