11 Nov 2012

Strong quake hits Myanmar, casualties reported

10:07 pm on 11 November 2012

A strong earthquake has rocked central Myanmar with at least 12 feared dead and dozens more injured.

The 6.8 magnitude quake hit about 120 kilometres north of Mandalay, at a depth of 10 kilometres on Sunday at 7.42am local time.

The tremor, which was felt as far away as Bangkok in neighbouring Thailand, was followed by two strong aftershocks.

An official in Sintku township near the quake's epicentre told Associated Press six people had died there, some of them workers at a gold mine that collapsed. A number of people were injured.

Local media said a half-built bridge over the Irrawaddy River between Kyauk Myaung and Singgu had collapsed.

A police officer in Shwebo, the administrative centre, said one woman had died and 10 people had been injured in Kyauk Myaung.

"A house collapsed in Kyauk Myaung. The Radana Thinga Bridge, still under construction, over the river was badly damaged. A huge steel beam fell into the river and five workers went missing," he told Reuters.

A police officer in Singgu Township opposite Kyauk Myaung on the east side of the Irrawaddy said that four people had died there and another nine were injured in the earthquake.