6.8 Earthquake hits Myanmar, Leaving at Least 3 dead

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Photo from earthquake that hit Myanmar in 2011

On August 24, Myanmar was hit by a deadly 6.8 earthquake in the ancient city of Bagan. So far, there has only been three reported deaths. Many Pagodas (Buddhist temples) have been destroyed in the earthquake.

According to The Straits Times, “A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar Wednesday (Aug 24), killing at least three people and damaging some 60 pagodas in the famous ancient city of Bagan, officials said.” Not only was the earthquake felt in Bagan, Myanmar, but also in the surrounding countries of India, Thailand, etc.

“Tall buildings shook in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city,” wrote the BBC, “the Thai capital Bangkok and Kolkata in India, where underground railway services were temporarily suspended.” The aftershocks felt in these countries, were minor, being only 3.1 or 5.5 on the Richter Scale. There were no reports of damage in the areas where the aftershocks were felt.

The Times of India reported, “Director of Bihar’s Met office AK Sen said some old buildings developed cracks following the quake but there was no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property. Director of Bihar’s Met office AK Sen said some old buildings developed cracks following the quake but there was no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property. Director of Bihar’s Met office AK Sen said some old buildings developed cracks following the quake but there was no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property. Director of Bihar’s Met office AK Sen said some old buildings developed cracks following the quake but there was no immediate report of any casualty or damage to property.”

Many ministries and non-profits work in Myanmar including Save the Children. Save the Children is a nonprofit which seeks to educate and protect vulnerable children from the streets and natural disasters.

Save the Children explained, “From the moment a child is born in Myanmar, their life chances are threatened. In some areas where we work, up to 60% of children are underweight. Children here will live shorter lives than anywhere else in Southeast Asia. Save the Children directly reached nearly three-quarters of a million children and adults with health and child survival programs.”

Please pray for Myanmar, that they would be able to rebuild after the earthquake and that many would come to know Christ’s love. Please pray for the work of Save the Children and ministries, that they would be able to take care of the children who are suffering.

The Straits Times: Central Myanmar hit by 6.8-magnitude quake, at least 3 killed

BBC: Myanmar earthquake: One dead and temples damaged

The Times of India: Powerful earthquake strikes Myanmar, tremors felt in east and northeast India

Save the Children: Myanmar