Posted: Nov 11, 2012 8:57 AM by Associated Press
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - There are conflicting reports but as many as 12 people are feared dead after a strong earthquake struck northern Myanmar today.
The quake collapsed a bridge and a gold mine and damaged several old Buddhist pagodas.
An official from the Meteorological Department says the quake registered a 6.8 magnitude. It was followed by a 5.8 aftershock
One local official says some of the dead were miners who were killed when the gold mine collapsed. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
Damage to centuries-old Buddhist temples is a common result of Myanmar earthquakes, but regarded by the superstitious as a bad omen. The so-called "umbrella" atop a stupa in one town reportedly crashed down in today's quake. These uppermost parts of the brick domes usually have encased in them relics of the Buddha and small Buddha images, and sometimes jewels. Police are reportedly guarding the relics.
Check out the latest events FC Tucson has scheduled.
Help those in need this holiday season
Click here to submit a news tip to us!
Become a Facebook Fan!
Sign up on KVOA.com for newsletters, exclusive deals, and more!
Win! Win! Win!
Get news, weather and more on your smartphone and tablet!
Get texts for news, traffic, deals and more!
Stories and videos with Kristi's Kids
What's happening on News 4 @ 4
Let us help grow your business
What's on KVOA and when!
Contact info for our department heads
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and More
KVOA's on air personalities!
Work at News 4 Tucson
Complete feeds of all KVOA.com stories