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Scores killed in Burma earthquake

A strong earthquake that toppled homes in north eastern Burma has killed more than 40 people, and there were fears today the toll would mount as conditions in more remote areas became known.

Last night’s quake, measured at a magnitude 6.8 by the US Geological Survey, was centred just north of the town Tachileik in the mountains along the Thai border, but was felt hundreds of miles away in the Thai capital Bangkok and Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Burma state radio announced today that 41 people had been killed and 48 injured in the quake.

It said 244 houses, 14 Buddhist monasteries and nine government buildings were damaged.

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