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One Dead, More Than 20 Hurt After Thailand Earthquake

  • An officer measures the depth of a damaged section of highway which was caused by an earthquake May 5, 2014, in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • Motorists navigate their way around a cracked section of highway as people examine the damage after an earthquake, Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • People walk on a section of highway damaged by an earthquake, in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • A Buddhist monk checks a statue of Buddha that was damaged by an earthquake at the Udomwaree temple in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • A local resident walks in front of a statue of Buddha that was damaged in an earthquake at the Udomwaree temple in Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • A woman looks at a damaged house following an earthquake in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 5, 2014.
  • Goods at a grocery store that fell from shelves litter the floor after an earthquake in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 5, 2014.

Widespread Damage in Thailand Earthquake

VOA News
An elderly woman died and more than 20 other people were injured after an earthquake shook northern Thailand, Thai officials said Tuesday.

The 6.0-magnitude quake struck near Chiang Rai, near the Laos and Burma borders, on Monday afternoon. Aftershocks continued to rattle the mountainous region on Tuesday.

The quake, which struck at a shallow depth of just 7.4 kilometers, had its epicenter in the remote Phan district of Chiang Rai province, geologists said, and was felt hundreds of kilometers to the south in Bangkok.

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

The 83-year-old woman died when a brick wall in her house collapsed after the quake struck on Monday, said Anusorn Kaewkangwan, the deputy director-general at the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department in Bangkok.

Anusorn said about 25 other people were slightly injured, mostly from fallen ceilings or items in their houses.
 
  • An officer measures the depth of a damaged section of highway which was caused by an earthquake May 5, 2014, in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • Motorists navigate their way around a cracked section of highway as people examine the damage after an earthquake, Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • People walk on a section of highway damaged by an earthquake, in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • A Buddhist monk checks a statue of Buddha that was damaged by an earthquake at the Udomwaree temple in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • A local resident walks in front of a statue of Buddha that was damaged in an earthquake at the Udomwaree temple in Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand, May 6, 2014.
  • A woman looks at a damaged house following an earthquake in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 5, 2014.
  • Goods at a grocery store that fell from shelves litter the floor after an earthquake in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, May 5, 2014.

The quake damaged many homes, smashing windows and cracking walls. Huge cracks also opened up in roadways, and some Buddhist temples were damaged.

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."

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.

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