Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai was struck by an earthquake of 4.1 magnitude on the Richter scale, at 4.36am this morning (Thursday). It was the strongest quake in the province in recorded history. Tremors were felt in the two neighbouring provinces of Lamphun and Phayao, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.
The epicentre of the tremor was located about two kilometres underground in Mae Khue sub-district of Doi Saket District.
Thai PBS reporters conducted a random survey of temples in Doi Saket and found that none had sustained damage in the quake and no public utilities were affected.
A vendor in Doi Saket market said that she was shaken, but didn’t know what had happened, adding that she saw a bird falling from an overhead electricity cable, before she was informed by her son that there had been an earthquake.
Another roast pork vendor said that he also felt the strong tremor adding, however, that none of his property was damaged.
An elderly woman said that she thinks this was the strongest quake she has ever experienced.
Mae Khue Tambon Administrative Organisation (TAO) Mayor, Nonthawat Wanna, said today that an initial survey has not found any damaged buildings or public utilities and has ordered a more thorough inspection.