On May 5, 2014 while working on my computer, the desk and chair started to shake. I felt this a few years ago when there was a 3.2 earthquake so i knew what it was. After a short pause I heard a rumble and everything in the house began to shake and rattle. I made a quick exit out the back door.
Although it lasted probably only 30 seconds, it certainly got the heart beating. There was no visible damage outside and only a few things fell from shelves inside the house. I returned to the internet to find the USGS recorded a 6.2 earthquake approximately 70 miles north of my home. The epicenter was located in the Thai village of Mae Lao, not far from the major city of Chiang Rai.
Tremors have continued for days and again on May 12 a 5.0 quake was recorded in the same area. Fortunately major damage is limited. Many temples suffered some breakage and cracks and a number of houses damaged or collapsed. There is only 1 reported fatality.
This is the 3rd earthquake I have felt here and is said to be the most severe ever recorded in Thailand.
Some media photos:
May 16, 2014Earthquake of 4.4 magnitude struck Chiang Rai’s Phan district again Thursday at the depth of nine kilometers, the National Disaster Warning Center said.
It said the quake with epicenter in Phan district happened at 00.23 a.m. Thursday.
It is the fourth quake in less than 10 days that had its epicenter in Phan district.
The strongest ever earthquake of a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale struck Phan and nearby districts on May 5, killing one person and wounding several others.
The quake also damaged more than 8,000 homes, temples, government offices.
The center said that until Thursday since the 6.3 magnitude quake more than 800 aftershocks were recorded.