living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand – 6.0 USGS Earthquake

Via: Reuters






An earthquake of 6 magnitude struck northern Thailand on Monday (approx. 6:10 pm) causing some damage to buildings and roads and knocking goods off shelves in shops but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

The quake struck 17 miles southwest of the town of Chiang Rai, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It was felt in the Thai capital, Bangkok, and in neighboring Myanmar.

There has been minor damage to buildings in Chiang Rai itself, some shops have goods scattered about and we’re seeing cracks in buildings,” a Chiang Rai police officer told Reuters.

“No injuries have been reported so far but we’re hearing that some provincial roads have sustained some damage with large cracks appearing,” said the officer, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The USGS initially said the quake was of 6.3 magnitude but later downgraded it. It was at the relatively shallow depth of 7.4 km (4.5 miles).

Chiang Rai, in the mountainous north of Thailand, is near the borders of both Myanmar and Laos. The epicenter was in a largely rural area of small villages, farms and forests.



The only thing I find surprising about is there isn’t a double-decker bus lying in the hole.

I mean how did the driver miss it?






May 6, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. wow that’s terrifying!

    Comment by nonoymanga | May 6, 2014 | Reply

  2. Apparently if you lived really high up in Bangkok. you feel some shaking. I didn’t feel anything.

    Comment by CrazyGuyinThailand | May 6, 2014 | Reply

    • I live on the 5th floor in Chiang Mai, and the shaking was VERY INTENSE!

      Comment by seattle99 | May 7, 2014 | Reply

      • A tip. you know how building-construction is in this country. all about making the fast baht. check your building as good as you can. it can be dangerous damages that nobody knows yet.

        Comment by CrazyGuyinThailand | May 7, 2014

      • I’m a former construction engineer, and my building is truly first rate,

        And yeah, I know what you are talking about, Good tip, thanks

        Comment by seattle99 | May 8, 2014

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