A quake in northern Burma has left a bridge collapsed and damaged ancient Buddhist pagodas and leaving as many as 12 people feared dead.
As many as 12 people are feared dead after a strong earthquake struck northern Burma today, causing a bridge and a goldmine to collapse, and damaging several ancient Buddhist pagodas.
The biggest single death toll was reported by a local administrative officer in Sintku township - on the Irrawaddy River near the quake's epicentre -who said six people had died there and another 11 were injured.
He said some of the dead were miners who were killed when a gold mine collapsed.
Monitors are reporting an aftershock magnitude of 5.8 in Burma, following an earthquake that hit earlier today.
Burmese news site, Weekly Eleven are reporting that 24 people have been injured on a bridge across the Irrawaddy River east of Shwebo, in an earthquake that struck the country at 7.42am local time.
The bridge, which was 80% built, collapsed leaving four dead. The local government announced a toll of two dead and 16 injured. All of the victims appear to be workers.
Weekly Eleven also said two monasteries in the town of Kyaukmyaung collapsed, killing two people. Reuters confirmed earlier that five people people had been killed in the earthquake.
An earthquake that has killed five people in Burma comes just a week ahead of a scheduled visit to the country by the newly re-elected President Barack Obama.
He will be the first US president to visit the one-time pariah nation, which is emerging from decades of military rule.
An official from the Meteorological Department in Burma's capital, Naypyitaw has said an earthquake that struck at 7.42am local time measured at a magnitude of 6.8.
The US Geological Survey reported the quake's magnitude as 6.6 with a depth of just six miles. The quake was felt in Bangkok, the capital of neighbouring Thailand.
An earthquake, which has left five people dead, was a "strong tremor" according to an eyewitness in Mandalay.
Several extensive aftershocks hit the region, while residents in Bangkok, the capital of neighbouring Thailand, also felt the quake.
– Mandalay resident
I've never felt such a strong tremor. I also heard some loud noises and the light went out. No idea about the damage.
A major earthquake in central Burma on Sunday near Mandalay has killed five people, Reuters reports.
Several construction workers have also been reported missing following the 6.6 magnitude quake.
No injuries have been immediately reported after an earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude struck Burma today, the Associated Press reports.