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Earthquake in central Myanmar - Damage to Bagan's temples

On August 24 at 5:05pm, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Myanmar's central region around 25 km west of Chauk. The depth of the epicenter was 84.1 km and tremors were felt even in Yangon 500 km away.

According to the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs, in the tourist area of Bagan around 30 km away from the earthquake's epicenter, nearly 400 pagodas and temples were damaged. Based on video footage right after the earthquake, the upper part of the Sulamani temple crumbled into a cloud of dust and nothing could be seen around the area. Other famous temples such as Dhammayangyi, Htilominlo, Gubyaukgyi were also damaged.

On September 3 in Yangon, the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism and Myanmar Tourism Federation announced that they are working on providing accessibility map of monuments in Bagan after the earthquake and restricted area signs.

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