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Published:November 12th, 2012 13:35 EST
Magnitude-6.8 Earthquake in Myanmar: 12 People Feared Dead

Magnitude-6.8 Earthquake in Myanmar: 12 People Feared Dead

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

12 people are feared dead in northern Myanmar, formally known as Burma due to a magnitude-6.8 Earthquake.

"We have been told by the director of Relief and Resettlement Department that there were seven dead and 45 injured as of late Sunday evening. The figure could fluctuate," said Ashok Nigam, the U.N. development program`s resident representative.

This quake comes on the heels of a much larger earthquake, 7.4 Magnitude on November 7, 2012, in Guatemala which occurred as a result of thrust faulting on or near the subduction zone interface between the subducting Cocos plate and the overlying Caribbean and North America plates, near their triple junction.

Last year a magnitude 6.8 quake killed 74 people and injured 111 near the epicenter in Myanmar.

"The quake struck at 7:42 a.m. local time and was followed by two shallow 5.0-magnitude aftershocks within 20 minutes," according to the USGS.

The Myanmar earthquake collapsed a bridge and damaged ancient Buddhist pagodas and stupas, which some say the damage to them is revealed a bad omen.

No casualties or major damage was reported in Myanmar`s second biggest city of Mandalay, which is 72 miles south of the epicenter near Shwebo.

Luckily, President Obama is scheduled to visit Myanmar next week as part of a November 17-20 tour of Southeast Asia that will include stops in Thailand and Cambodia.  Obama will be the first American President to ever visit the nation.