A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck north Burma killing at least six people.

The quake happened north-west of Burma's second largest city, Mandalay, near the town of Shwebo.

The death toll is likely to rise as several workers on an unfinished bridge that collapsed are missing, reports Reuters.

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Myanmar officials stand near the bridge damaged by a strong earthquake, in Kyaukmyaung township, Shwebo.

According to the Guardian, some of the dead were killed when a gold mine in the Sintku township caved in.

Burmese state television has said a number of religious buildings and pagodas had been destroyed.

A number of aftershocks have continued to rock the region.