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Pictured: Thailand earthquake splits road in two causing devastating damage to ground


May 05 2014 01:44 PM Earthquake Thailand Province of Chiang Rai, Sai Khao [Phan District] Damage level Details




Earthquake in Thailand on Monday, 05 May, 2014 at 13:44 (01:44 PM) UTC.

A strong, shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake rattled northern Thailand on Monday afternoon, geologists said, shaking tall buildings in Bangkok hundreds of miles to the south. The quake, at a shallow depth of 7.4 kilometers (4.5 miles), struck just after 6 pm local time (1100 GMT), around 27 kilometers (17 miles) from the mountainous northern city of Chiang Rai, the US Geological Survey said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of damage. The area is a remote mountain retreat popular with foreign tourists near to the border with Myanmar and Laos. The quake was felt as far south as Bangkok, 800 kilometers (500 miles) to the south, where tall buildings shook for several seconds. It was also felt in the Myanmar capital of Yangon, an AFP reporter there said. Major earthquakes are rare in Thailand, although tremors frequently strike the northern portion of the country.



One dead, 23 injured in Thai quake: official

BANGKOK – An elderly woman died and 23 other people were injured after a strong earthquake shook northern Thailand, an official said on Tuesday, as aftershocks continued to rattle the mountainous region popular with tourists.

The 83-year-old woman died when a wall in her house collapsed after the 6.0-magnitude struck quake on Monday afternoon, according to an official at the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department in Bangkok.

“Twenty-three people were also injured in separate incidents caused by the quake,” the official told AFP, without giving further details.

The quake, which struck at a shallow depth of just 7.4 kilometres, had its epicentre in the remote Phan district of Chiang Rai province, geologists said, and was felt hundreds of miles to the south in Bangkok and even in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon.

“Since last evening (Monday) there were six large aftershocks with a magnitude between 5.0 to 5.9 and the last was this morning,” Burin Wechbunthung, of the Meteorological Department said, adding there were a dozen smaller tremors.


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WPEC-TV CBS12 News :: News - Top Stories - Thailand earthquake kills 1, injures several othersTuesday, May 6 2014, 04:54 AM EDT

Thailand earthquake kills 1, injures several others

Posted By: Michele Wright, CBS 12 News Anchor

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials said Tuesday that one person was killed and several dozen were hurt in an earthquake that struck northern Thailand and Myanmar a day earlier, smashing windows, cracking walls and roads and damaging Buddhist temples.

The airport in Chiang Rai, a northern Thai city near the epicenter of the shallow magnitude 6.3 temblor, evacuated people from its terminal, where display signs and pieces of the ceiling fell. There was no damage to the runway or flight disruptions, airport General Manager Damrong Klongakara said.

A well-known temple near the city, the all-white Wat Rongkhun, was closed due to safety concerns after the earthquake.

“The spire of the main building came off and the tiles on the roof fell off,” Chalermchai Kositpiphat, the artist who designed the temple, told Nation TV. “I still don’t know how we can sleep tonight. … It was shaking the whole time and then aftershocks followed four to five times.”


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  • Pictured: Thailand earthquake splits road in two causing devastating damage to ground
  • May 06, 2014 13:57
  • By John Sutton

No serious injuries have been reported so far after the magnitude-6.0 quake struck 6 miles south of Mae Lao shaking shops and causing cracks in buildings

These startling pictures show a road being torn apart by an earthquake in Thailand.

Luckily nobody was injured in the magnitude-6.0 quake, which struck 6 miles south of Mae Lao and 17 miles southwest of the town of Chiang Rai on Monday.

Tall buildings swayed in the Thai capital of Bangkok, 500 miles to the south. The quake also was felt in Yangon, the capital of neighboring Myanmar.

A Chiang Rai police officer said: “There has been minor damage to buildings in Chiang Rai itself, some shops have goods scattered about and we’re seeing cracks in buildings.


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