Two Large Earthquakes Hit Northern Thailand

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Two large quakes with a magnitude of 7.0 struck near north Thailand’s border with Myanmar and Laos, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Witnesses said the tremors were felt in Bangkok, Myanmar and as far away as the Vietnam capital of Hanoi where people were evacuated from tall buildings.

The quakes struck seconds apart at 1355 GMT and were centered 69 miles north of the Thai town of Chiang Rai.

The first one was very shallow, at a depth of 6.2 miles, while the second one was deeper at 142.5 miles.

It is a sparsely populated, hilly area best known as the Golden Triangle, which is a traditional source of illicit opium.

There was no immediate word on any casualties or damage.

Mar. 24, 2011

Source: Reuters

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  1. “The death toll of the quake has increased to more than 50 in Tarlay and Mine Lin townships,” said a Myanmar official, who declined to be named.

    “Roads are also closed. According to the information that we have, more than 130 buildings collapsed because of the quake. There might be more casualties and damage.”

    via AFP
    http://www.afp.com/afpcom/en

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