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Death Toll in Burmese Earthquake More Than 70


An earthquake damaged building in Tarlay, Burma, March 25, 2011

An earthquake damaged building in Tarlay, Burma, March 25, 2011

Burmese officials say the death toll from Thursday's 6.8 magnitude earthquake is now more than 70, with at least 111 injured.

The quake struck in northeastern Burma near the border with Thailand. The epicenter was about 90 kilometers north of the Thai city of Chaing Rai, which sustained minor damage. U.S. experts say the quake was just 10 kilometers deep.

State-run radio broadcasts quote Burmese officials as saying at least 390 homes, 14 monasteries and nine government buildings were destroyed in the areas near the epicenter of the quake.

One woman in Thailand was killed when a wall of her house collapsed on her.

The U.N. reports six aftershocks have been felt since the earthquake first struck and the risk of landslides remains high.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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