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One dies, dozens injured after earthquake in Thailand

May 06, 2014, 10:40 UTC+3
The earthquake took place on Monday, and the aftershocks still continue; the strongest one was of magnitude 5.2 at 23:04 GMT
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BANGKOK, May 6. /ITAR-TASS/. One person died and dozens were injured as a result of an earthquake in the north of Thailand. This was reported by the authorities of the Chiang Rai province, which was intensely hit by the disaster.

The first shock of the earthquake of magnitude 6.0 took place on Monday. Within the day, about 100 repeated shocks were reported, according to the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. The strongest one – of magnitude 5.2 – was registered on Tuesday morning (23:04 GMT on Monday).

Local media report about the evacuation of people from hospitals and schools. Many locals spent the night outside their homes, fearing to stay there.

As a result of the earthquake, the walls of many houses cracked. Communications have been interrupted: cracks up to 1.5 meters deep appeared on the roads; in addition, power lines and towers of mobile telephony stations were damaged. The airport of Chiang Rai was closed for a while.

Several Buddhist temples were also destroyed.

The military and the police continue exploring the area in order to assess the damage and help to the people affected by the disaster.

The last time an earthquake occurred in Thailand in October 2013, in the Chiang Rai province as well. Its magnitude was 4.1. There were no victims or devastation then.

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