News / Asia

6.0-Magnitude Quake Causes Minor Damage in Thailand

A woman looks at a partly damaged house following an earthquake in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on May 5, 2014.
A woman looks at a partly damaged house following an earthquake in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on May 5, 2014.
VOA News
A strong and shallow earthquake rattled northern Thailand on Monday afternoon, shaking tall buildings in Bangkok hundreds of kilometers to the south, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

People were evacuated from the terminal of the main airport in Chiang Rai, a northern Thai city near the epicenter of the 6.0-magnitude temblor.

Pieces of the building's ceiling fell, but there was no damage to the runway or flight disruptions, airport General Manager Damrong Klongakara said. No one was hurt at the airport, but Damrong said the terminal and its roof were still being checked for further damage.
 
Chiang Rai, ThailandChiang Rai, Thailand
x
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chiang Rai, Thailand
There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries, although Chiang Rai residents said they had seen cracked building facades, broken shop windows and damage to roads.

An official said power had been cut in Phan district, where the epicenter was.

"So far there are no reports of injured or dead," said Manat Khamtai, head of the Disaster Mitigation Department in Chiang Rai province. "In Phan there's a report that a school building has been cracked and the power is still out across the district.”

As darkness fell another official warned residents in the province to brace for aftershocks.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was 9 kilometers south of Mae Lao, Thailand, and 27 kilometers southwest of Chiang Rai. Shaking was felt in Bangkok, 800 kilometers south of Chiang Rai.

The quake occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 7.4 kilometers. Shallow quakes are generally felt more widely.

Southeast Asia is seismically active and quakes are often felt in surrounding nations. Major earthquakes are rare in Thailand, although tremors often strike the north of the country.

In recent times, quakes centered in the country have been less severe than those in other Southeast Asian nations, such as Indonesia, and Burma -- also known as Myanmar.
 
Sarah Williams Q&A with Steve Herman in Bangkok about the Thai Quake
Sarah Williams Q&A with Steve Herman in Bangkok about the Thai Quakei
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X
 
Goods at a grocery store that have fallen from shelves litter the floor after an earthquake in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on May 5, 2014.Goods at a grocery store that have fallen from shelves litter the floor after an earthquake in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on May 5, 2014.
x
Goods at a grocery store that have fallen from shelves litter the floor after an earthquake in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on May 5, 2014.
Goods at a grocery store that have fallen from shelves litter the floor after an earthquake in Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on May 5, 2014.

VOA English radio host Sarah Williams interviewed VOA Bangkok correspondent Steve Herman.

 “We felt it (the earthquake) here in Bangkok," Herman said, speaking from his home. " I’m on the 18th floor of a 30-story building and I immediately thought, ‘Oh, it must be an earthquake.’ … It’s the first earthquake I’ve experienced in Thailand and I actually started to feel a bit queasy."

Herman said the earthquake "continued shaking for about a minute.”
 
He said there were no reports of damage in Bangkok. However, a VOA correspondent in Rangoon, the capital of Burma, reported that the quake could be felt in Rangoon and the electricity went out there.
 
The area where the earthquake struck is a remote mountain retreat popular with foreign tourists near the border with Burma and Laos.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Sydney Hostage-taker Failed to Manipulate Social Media

Gunman forced captives to use personal Facebook, YouTube accounts to issue his demands; online community helped flag messages, urged others not to share them More

UN Seeks $8.4 Billion to Help War-Hit Syrians

Effort aimed at helping Syrians displaced within their own country and those who've fled to neighboring ones More

Who Are the Pakistani Taliban?

It's an umbrella group of militant organizations whose objective is enforcement of Sharia in Pakistan 'whether through peace or war' More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?i
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
December 17, 2014 11:54 AM
The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video US-China Year in Review: Hong Kong to Climate Change

The United States is pushing for a code of conduct to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea as it works to improve commercial ties with Beijing. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a year of U.S. policy toward China from Hong Kong to climate change.
Video

Video Japanese Leader’s Election Win Raises Potential for Conflict with Neighbors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in parliament Sunday, even though the country has slipped into recession under his conservative policies. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul, that the prime minister’s victory will empower him to continue economic reforms but also pursue a nationalist agenda that will likely increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors.
Video

Video Nuba Mountain Families Hide in Caves to Escape Aerial Bombings

Despite ongoing peace talks between Sudan's government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, daily aerial attacks continue in South Kordofan province’s Nuba Mountains. Adam Bailes was there and reports for VOA that government forces are targeting civilian areas, rather than military positions, with their daily bombardments.

All About America

AppleAndroid