Chiang Rai Province experiences more than 100 earthquake aftershocks


CHIANG RAI, 6 May 2014  – The Seismological Bureau of the Meteorological Department has reported that more than 100 aftershocks were detected as a result of the Chiang Rai quake that struck in the evening of April 5th.

The center reported that the earthquake’s epicenter originated in Sai Khao Subdistrict, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale and creating a fissure that stretched seven kilometers deep.

Following the eruption, the quake sent a series of shockwaves spreading over a wide radius. Five of these waves had a magnitude of 5.0 to 5.9 on the Richter scale. Thirteen of them ranged between 4.0 and 5.0, and at least 41 others fell in the magnitudes of 3.0 to 3.9. Lastly, more than 50 smaller aftershocks of lower than 3.0 on the scale were reported as well.

Nine provinces have so far felt the aftershocks, including Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nan, Phayao, Nong Khai, and Loei.

As of now, the National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) has warned all residents living near the quake’s vicinity to be on alert for the next 6 to 12 hours, as the quake is still generating at least four shockwaves every hour.