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Myanmar shaken by 6.8 magnitude earthquake

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Posted at 7:26 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 13:17:33-04

ANGON – An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck central Myanmar Wednesday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake struck just 25 kilometers west of Chauk, Burma.

While most buildings remain intact, two deaths were reported in the town on Yenanchaung, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Information.

The earthquake was felt in parts of eastern India, Bangladesh and Thailand.

The earthquake comes just after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Italy. The earthquake hit 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southeast of Norcia at 3:36 a.m., and was about 10 kilometers deep, the United States Geological Survey said. Its tremors rattled Rome — about 100 miles away.Authorities say they cannot put a figure on the number trapped under the rubble, but they confirm that at least 37 people have died.