Earthquake Hits Myanmar, Nearly 100 Buddhist Pagodas Damaged

By the Web Editors 8-24-2016
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A 6.8 earthquake struck Myanmar on Aug. 24, reports the Wall Street Journal, the same day a deadly earthquake struck Italy. At least three people have died.

Nearly 100 pagodas in Bagan, a popular tourist site, were damaged in the quake. The ancient Buddhist shrines sit among several other holy sites in the former capital of Myanmar, many of which were constructed before the 14th century. According to the Wall Street Journal:

The vast site is Myanmar’s premier tourist attraction, featuring a panoramic view of temples stretching to the horizon flanked by the Irrawaddy River, an especially impressive experience at sunset.

In April, a 6.9 earthquake hit Myanmar, but no casualties were reported.

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