Northern Thailand Shaken by 6.0-Magnitude Earthquake, Minor Damage Reported
A strong earthquake rocked parts or Thailand and Myanmar on Monday, causing damage to infrastructure and Buddhist temples. There were no immediate reports of casualties, according to various media outlets.
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake was centered near the boarder of eastern Myanmar in the Thai province of Chang Rai in Thailand's north, not far from the nation's second largest city, Chang Mai.
The shallow, 7.4km-deep (4.5 miles) temblor was felt around the region and at least as far south as the Thai capital Bangkok about 690km (427 miles) away.
Thai officials said the quake, which came along the Phayao fault, was the strongest inland earthquake in Northern Thailand, according to the Bangkok Post. The last quake of comparable size in the region was a 5.1 magnitude event in 2006, according to The Associated Press.
Aftershocks from the quake were felt for a number of hours after the initial shock, according to the independent earthquake news site Earthquake-Report.
Jane Suchada, a resident of Chang Mai, told the Bangkok Post that her area lost power and that a local hospital reportedly had no electricity.
Wat Rongkhun, a well-known temple in the region, suffered damage.
The temple's architect, Chalermchai Kositpiphat told Nation TV that the tiles from the roof fell off and the the temple's main spire came to the ground.
"I still don't know how we can sleep tonight. ... It was shaking the whole time and then aftershocks followed four to five times. It will bring more damages each time an aftershock happens, I'm afraid," he said, according to the AP.
The head of a Buddhist statue fell off at Udomwaree Temple in Chiang Ra and there was some damage to roads and homes as well.