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Clean-up work begins after moderate Myanmar earthquake

  • Debris of a house hit by earthquake is seen in Taikkyi township, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northeast of Yangon, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  A moderate earthquake shook Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Monday night, injuring at least one person and damaging some temples, officials said. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

    Debris of a house hit by earthquake is seen in Taikkyi township, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northeast of Yangon, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. A moderate earthquake shook Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Monday night, injuring at least one person and damaging some temples, officials said. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar soldiers remove debris of wall of a monastery following Monday's night earthquake in Taikkyi township, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northeast of Yangon, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  A moderate earthquake shook Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Monday night, injuring at least one person and damaging some temples, officials said. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

    Myanmar soldiers remove debris of wall of a monastery following Monday's night earthquake in Taikkyi township, about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northeast of Yangon, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. A moderate earthquake shook Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, on Monday night, injuring at least one person and damaging some temples, officials said. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar soldiers remove debris from a fallen wall of a monastery hit by an earthquake in Taikkyi township northeast of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, March. 14, 2017. The U.S. Geological Survey said the late Monday quake measured magnitude 5.1 and was centered about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northwest of Yangon at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

    Myanmar soldiers remove debris from a fallen wall of a monastery hit by an earthquake in Taikkyi township northeast of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, March. 14, 2017. The U.S. Geological Survey said the late Monday quake measured magnitude 5.1 and was centered about 70 kilometers (44 miles) northwest of Yangon at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)  (The Associated Press)

Clean-up work has begun as aftershocks continue to rattle villages near Myanmar's biggest city a day after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake injured more than two dozen people and shook homes and temples.

The epicenter of Monday night's quake was about 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Yangon.

Military personnel worked with firefighters on Tuesday to check damage to buildings and temples in Taikkyi, the northernmost township in the Yangon region.

Officials there said 27 people were treated at hospitals for minor injuries from the main quake and 10 more needed treatment following the aftershocks.

Myanmar is in an active earthquake belt. Many quakes occur in sparsely populated areas, causing relatively little damage. Older buildings and structures are most vulnerable.