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Investigation into reports of plane crash called off

A plane was reported to have crashed off the west coast on Friday. Credit: ITV News

An investigation into unconfirmed reports of an aircraft crashing into the sea off the west coast of Myanmar has been called off, officials said.

Earlier on Friday, the country's Civil Aviation Department said a plane had been reported to have gone missing.

But officials could not find any evidence of any crash taking place.

The department added that it had not received any reports of missing aircraft from airlines operating in Myanmar airspace.

Mystery plane crashes into sea off Myanmar coast

The accident happened off the west coast of Myanmar on Friday. Credit: ITV News

An "unidentified aircraft" has crashed into the sea off the coast of Myanmar, officials have said.

The incident happened off the west coast on Friday and officials were trying to locate it, the country's Civil Aviation Department said.

Senior department official Tin Maung Ni told Reuters: "The only thing I can tell you for sure at the moment is that it is not an aircraft from our domestic airlines, so far as we've checked.

"None of ours have been reported any problems. We're still trying to find out more about the crashed aircraft."

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Major earthquake strikes Myanmar

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An earthquake struck northwest Myanmar with a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale.

The quake was 62 miles north of the city of Monywa - not far from the India border - and struck 83 miles deep, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Strong tremors were felt in India's eastern city of Guwahati, a witness told Reuters.

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State of emergency declared in Myanmar amid violence

Myanmar's President has declared a state of emergency in a central town where at least 20 people have been killed in violence between Buddhists and Muslims.

The president made the announcement in a statement broadcast on state television today.

A man stands in front of a burnt-out mosque in Meikhtila, central Myanmar Credit: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

The trouble started on Wednesday after an argument broke out between a Muslim gold shop owner and his Buddhist customers.

A Buddhist monk was among the first killed, inflaming tensions that led a Buddhist mob to rampage through a Muslim neighbourhood in the central district of Meikhtila.

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire during riots in Meikhtila Credit: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Mosques have been burned and houses of Muslim residents destroyed. Angry Buddhist residents and monks prevented authorities from putting out the blazes.

Police have been seizing knives, swords, hammers and sticks from young men in the streets and detained scores of looters in an attempt to clamp down on the violence.

Muslims rest as they take refuge at a stadium amid riots Credit: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Earthquake measuring 7 magnitude strikes Myanmar

A major earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude struck Myanmar on Sunday, around 60 km (37 miles) north west of the city of Mandalay, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake.

Residents from Mandalay, the second biggest commercial city in central Myanmar, told Reuters that they felt a very strong tremor at about 7:30 a.m.

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