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Earthquake in Myanmar damages at least 100 Buddhist pagodas

Tremors from the earthquake were felt in Thailand, India and Bangladesh

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Bagan, central Myanmar, has resulted in three confirmed deaths so far and has damaged at least 100 Buddhist pagodas and monasteries built between the 11th- and 13th-centuries, according to the country’s Ministry of Information. Tremors from the earthquake were also felt in Thailand, India and Bangladesh.

Each year, tourists flock to Bagan to visit some of the estimated 3,000 pagodas there. In 1975, more than half of the pagodas in the area were damaged after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck. According to the BBC’s Myanmar correspondent Jonah Fisher, earthquakes are common in the country and damaged temples have been reconstructed in the past.