Strong earthquakes hit Myanmar and Italy yesterday.

There has been a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the ancient capital of Bagan, Myanmar. The city is known for its numerous pagodas and is called the ‘City of 4 Million Pagodas’. Nearly 100 ancient temples were destroyed (one led to the deaths of two girls) and many buildings were damaged and currently three are reported to have been killed. Tremors have been felt in neighboring Thailand and India and 20 are reported injured in the capital of Bangladesh.

Collapsed walls surround an ancient pagoda after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan on August 24, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least one person and damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / SOE MOE AUNG (Photo credit should read SOE MOE AUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

For more information: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/myanmar-earthquake-kills-three-damages-scores-of-ancient-temples/ar-BBvZhxx

TOPSHOT - The ancient Sulamuni temple is seen shrouded in dust as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan on August 24, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least one person and damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP / SOE MOE AUNG / (Photo credit should read SOE MOE AUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

Pescara del Tronto village in Italy was also hit by a 6.2 magnitude quake around 3 AM. At the moment more than 160 people are confirmed dead and around 400 are injured. Many of the dead were children and much of the nearby towns have been destroyed.

The earthquake badly damaged the centre of Amatrice, shown in these two pictures of the same street before and after the quake - 24 August 2016

For more information: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37181933

Rescuers work in the night at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Pescara del Tronto

Here is a further analysis of these two events

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/science-behind-italy-myanmar-earthquakes-expert-view/

Zapya team offer our sincerest condolences to the people in Myanmar and Italy and pray for the safety and recovery of all those who have been affected by these earthquakes.

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