Second earthquake strikes Myanmar

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An earthquake struck northern Myanmar early Monday, hours after a previous earthquake that killed at least 12 people, Al Jazeera reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 5.6 magnitude earthquake occurred about 84 miles north of the country's central city of Mandalay, Al Jazeera reported.

The initial earthquake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, struck at 7:42 a.m. Sunday, the Associated Press reported. According to Al Jazeera, a monastery and partially-built bridge were damaged.

Myanmar, formerly Burma, has had difficulty with natural disaster response in the past. In a 2008 cyclone, 140,000 people were killed, the Associated Press reported. According to Al Jazeera, 70 people were killed in a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in March 2011.

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Myanmar next Sunday, the Associated Press reported. He will be the first American president to do so.

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