Shallow 6.1 quake rocks Thai-Laos border

  • Thailand
  • Friday, 22 Nov 2019

Bangkok: A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Laos near the Thai border, the United States Geological Survey reported, alarming locals who felt buildings shake as far away as Bangkok.There were no immediate reports of damage after the quake hit at 6.50am yesterday.

But tremors could be felt more than 700km away in the Thai capital, where Pope Francis is currently on a four-day visit.

There was no word from his team on whether he felt the quake.

“The shaking ... was the main shock from a quake in Laos at 6.50am and was felt in northern and northeastern Thailand and Bangkok and suburbs,” said Sophon Chaila, an official at the Thai Meteorological Department.

“As of now there is no report of damage,” he added.

The department said the quake affected nine provinces in Thailand and there were four lesser aftershocks.

Residents in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi also felt buildings sway.

“The ceiling lights were shaking quite strongly. I felt dizzy and scared,” said Hanoi resident Tran Hoa Phuong, who felt the quake in her 27-storey apartment building.

It hit about three hours after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the same region of Laos, near the site of the large Xayaburi dam project, which reported no damage so far.

Information is slow to trickle out of the closed communist state, and there were similarly no official reports of damage or injuries after the twin quakes hit early yesterday. — AFP

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