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    Earthquakes in Burma north of Chiang Rai

    Two earthquakes reported this evening around 100 km's north of Chiang Rai.

    10-degree Map Centered at 20°N,100°E

    Apparently felt in Chiang Mai as well. Haven't seen or heard of any damage in Thailand as yet.
    Last edited by Rock & Roll; 25th March 2011 at 02:15. Reason: add'l comment...

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    The 69 bar was rocking tonight, we could feel it. nothing dramatic.
    Chiang Mai hi-rises had a bit more movement. Darryll says the suspended light in his 18th floor apartment was swinging in 1 foot circles.
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    Apparently felt as far away as Hanoi and Bangkok... a few nasty aftershocks as well Stu. It's been a strange few weeks for quakes...

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    Large quake hits Myanmar - asia - world | Stuff.co.nz



    A large 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Myanmar near the border with northern Thailand, killing a woman and shaking buildings in three big cities.

    People fled their homes last night (NZ time) in panic and tremors were felt in Bangkok, central Myanmar and as far away as the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, leading to the evacuation of several tall buildings and offices.

    Police in Mae Sai in Thailand's northernmost province of Chiang Rai said a woman had been killed when a wall of her house collapsed. Hospital officials said there were no other deaths or injuries reported in the province.

    The quake was centred 111 km north of the town of Chiang Rai, a sparsely populated, hilly area that forms part of the "Golden Triangle," known for growth of illicit opium, and where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet.

    The earthquake was shallow at a depth of 10km.

    Witnesses in northeast Myanmar and northern Thailand said they felt the earthquake strongly and tremors caused widespread panic. Ten aftershocks further jolted the area.

    "In 40 years, I never felt an earthquake this strong. A glass broke, I had to hold on to a pillar," Thanawan Sisukniyom, a retired teacher in Mae Sai, told Reuters by telephone.

    LIMITED DAMAGE

    Hospital staff in the Myanmar town of Kengtung, about 55km north of the epicentre, said no casualties had been reported. Witnesses said damage appeared limited, but the earthquake sparked fear among residents.

    "Many people fled their homes and lay down on the ground outside, away from the buildings," said a resident of Kentung, 80 km (50 miles) west of the epicentre.

    "We are still sitting on the ground since there are several aftershocks. In some buildings, TV sets fell off the tables and shrine altars fell down."

    People also left their homes in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw and its biggest city, Yangon, some 550 km (340 miles) away.

    Earthquakes of magnitudes of around 5 and as high as 7 have hit northern Myanmar and Thailand several times in the past 15 years, but damage and casualties have been limited and the areas are thinly populated.

    Thailand's TPBS television said electricity had been cut off in parts of Mae Sai and showed footage of tiles smashed on the ground and wooden signs that had fallen onto roads.

    Wirachai Chaisakaew, head of maintenance at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, said the region's hydropower dams, which include the country's largest, remained intact and preliminary searches of facilities revealed no damage.

    Witnesses in Chiang Mai, the country's second-largest city, reported no immediate damage to buildings. A resident of the Myanmar town of Tachilek, which borders Chiang Rai, said parked motorcycles fell to the ground and cracks opened in the road.

    Somchai Baimuang, deputy director of the Thai meteorological department, said new aftershocks were possible in the next two days, but no tsunami warning had been issued.

    "It was not a small quake, but we urge the public to not panic," he told Reuters.

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    Do they normally have Earthquakes in this area or is this a rare occurance? Sad that so many Natural Disasters are happening at the same time. Or is it just that they have all been making the media this time around? Either way Its not a good thing.

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    Fault lines run through Myanmar/Laos/Thailand and small quakes are fairly common. These ones are of a greater magnitude! 50 reported dead in Myanmar.
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    Mrs W said they were talking about it on TV and said it was close to Chiang Mai.....Mother nature..
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    felt as far as Vietnam... 60 dead now

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    felt as far as Vietnam... 60 dead now
    Up to 75 now.... BBC News - Burma earthquake: At least 75 people killed

    and Christchurch is having quite big aftershocks still as well. And Gisborne had an earthquake last night...

    Good site here: Latest Earthquakes in the World - Past 7 days


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    Dual earthquakes hit the rural region of Myanmar on Thurs morning. The 6.8 and 4.8 magnitude earthquakes occurred close to Myanmar’s border with China and Thailand. Tsunamis are not very likely, but major damage is. The earthquakes were very shallow, and therefore were felt very strongly on the surface. Do they normally have Earthquakes in this area or is this a rare occurrence? Sad that so many Natural Disasters are happening at the same time - in New Zealand, Japan, China and in Burma. Where would be the next? We must get prepared then.

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    Welcome to the board TrishaB

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    Quote Originally Posted by trishaB View Post
    Dual earthquakes hit the rural region of Myanmar on Thurs morning. The 6.8 and 4.8 magnitude earthquakes occurred close to Myanmar’s border with China and Thailand. Tsunamis are not very likely, but major damage is. The earthquakes were very shallow, and therefore were felt very strongly on the surface. Do they normally have Earthquakes in this area or is this a rare occurrence? Sad that so many Natural Disasters are happening at the same time - in New Zealand, Japan, China and in Burma. Where would be the next? We must get prepared then.
    There is a fault line there but i have to say i did not know they had many or often.
    The building construction does not lead you to think that they have many anyway.
    You yourself live in a rather earthquake intensive area, do they worry you?
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    Speaking to my GF (from Nong Khai) and a friend from Chang Rai, they both have experienced many quakes in their time...
    Welcome to the board Trisha

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