Aftershocks From Thai Earthquake Create Fear In Laos

No one in Bokeo province was hurt by an earthquake that killed one person and injured several others in Thailand on Monday, although tremors were felt.

The 6.3 magnitude quake that struck northern Thailand created fear amongst the local people living along the Lao border with Thailand but there was no serious damage caused.

Aeronautical Meteorology Division of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department reported the seismic monitoring equipment in Luang Prabang and Borikhamxay also measured a 6.3 magnitude for the quake in Thailand however no impact had been reported.

Head of the provincial weather bureau, Mr La-On Chanthavong said at this stage, they had not received any information regarding the damage after the quake.

“Our central province is safe however, we have contacted nearby districts and people on the ground to see if there was any damage caused from the earthquake,” he said.

Villagers in Bokeo, especially along the borders, directly experienced the first tremor that occurred on Monday and Tuesday which was followed by numerous aftershocks.

“Windows, electrical wires and water in tanks were shaking as a result of the number of aftershocks we experienced,” he said.

Local people were still in fear even though no damage from the earthquake has been recorded yet.

According to the Bangkok Post, more than 100 aftershocks have been detected following the earthquake.

The largest 5.2 magnitude aftershock was felt in Mae Suay district at 6.04am while a second 5.1 magnitude aftershock occurred at 4:17am, the newspaper said.

In Laos, Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Borikhamxay are able to measure earthquakes by using seismic monitoring equipment.

A n official from Provincial Information Culture and Tourism Department told Vientiane Times , the main temple on the riverfront of Bokeo province at Souvanakhounkham is undamaged.

In recent years, several earthquakes have occurred along the border shared with Thailand and Myanmar which has impacted some temples in Laos.

Source: Vientiane Times

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